By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Battle Is On For NBA MVP
BATTLE IS ON FOR NBA MVP
LOOKS LIKE A 3 WAY
IT’S TIGHT ALSO RANS MAY PROVE DIFFERENCE
MVP awards are far more memorable
for the competition than the Result
Only the most avid fans tend to remember the last winner let alone those from prior years. And while winning might have some financial value that is questionable, and while it is satisfying to possess, it really is in the battle to win it that the real interest is generated.
While others are being mentioned
As we near the end of the regular NBA season there are 3 names that dominate the discussion. And it is a ‘perfect’ mix too. The reigning MVP. Can he do it again. Or can another get the award that stamps his status. As #1 in the NBA. Or will it be the quickly developing replacement for that #1 status. If he wins the MVP it will signal he may already be there. It’s a fascinating 3 way battle.
These 3 Leading Contenders are
Phoenix Point Guard Steve Nash the current MVP who has picked up where he left off. Even though the Suns lost 3 starters Phoenix will win its 2nd straight Pacific Division Title while Nash is averaging a career high 19 points a game and he leads the entire NBA in assists with 10.5. Nash’s biggest problem repeating other than his 2 opponents is that there is a tendency for there to be a higher barrier to win an award like MVP the second consecutive time.
That you need to do more to prove you are that Good.
Then there is
Kobe Bryant. There is always Kobe Bryant. This season unlike last he does not have any legal problems back in Denver diverting his attention. With Shaquelle O’Neil gone and others the Lakers are clearly “his” team. No one doubts it.
And even though LA is squeaking into the Playoffs as a bottom seed. The fact is that are in. Otherwise Kobe would probably be out of contention. And MVP ballots must be in before the Playoffs get underway. So the Post Season is not a Factor even if the Lakers get dumped in the very first round.
Kobe’s biggest claim to the MVP ballots is that he has been the most visible and attention grabbing player in the NBA all season. No doubt that his 81 point performance which can be criticized on other grounds, has been a big benefit for Bryant’s stature and may even sway some crucial votes in his favor.
Kobe has far more going for him then that record performance. Most of all Bryant is the NBA scoring leader. Kobe is averaging over 35 points a game so far which is the most in the NBA since Jordan’s 37.1 in 1986-87. While certainly not an MVP guarantee average points per game is THE most compelling NBA stat.
It defines Leadership.
Kobe proved himself yet again Sunday afternoon playing Division Champs Phoenix which should have made easy work of the Lakers except of course the game meant nothing to the Suns’ standing and everything to LA which clinched its playoff slot by beating Phoenix convincingly 109-89 in Los Angeles. Nash did not play.
Kobe was way over his already impressive season game average of 35.1 points scoring 43 points commanding the game. His closest rival on LA was Parker with 12 points. The best on the Suns Marlon with 29.
The case for Kobe and the MVP is clear……
except their is one more leading Candidate
The Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James
whose time is now
LeBron James ticket to the MVP is anchored in him leading Cleveland into the Playoffs for the first time for them since 1998 long before his arrival.. His role on the Cavaliers has been equal to Bryant’s on the Lakers even if his stats are a wee bit lower but not much.
Cleveland has fared better than LA. Cleveland will finish 2nd in the Central Division with the 4th best record in the East among 15 teams. Even more they will probably finish with the 7th best record in the entire 32 team NBA. Credit LeBron James. Watching James actual individual game performances the consensus he is in a League by himself.
There are other names being tossed around there always will be the more so when there is not one candidate so dominating that the MVP is a foregone conclusion. This year you can’t say that. If either Bryant, James or Nash wins there won’t be any Chorus demanding a recount. You can justify all three. Plus it is likely their vote totals will be very close. The others who might get a few votes are significant because they will be a factor in the ultimate winner of the MVP.
The easy Choice is Kobe Bryant
except that LeBron James is Strong
then there is Steve Nash with a Great Season
maybe better put these three names in a Hat ?
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