Yes, it's your boy back at it. We're going to take a break from football today and chop it up about the NBA MVP race. With All-Star Weekend around the corner, we figured why not spark the debate now!?
SOHH as the first half of the season winds down, right now ... who's your NBA MVP?
Aight, this is the way the kid sees it. Here are my five candidates and why I picked 'em:
are a league-best 33-6 right now. KG respectfully keeps calling the Celtics, Paul Pierce's
team, but it's Garnett that's averaging a damn-near double-double. Although P2 may still need to be the guy with the rock in his hands during the clutch, KG's the anchor of that squad.
And the fact he already has a Most Valuable P on his arm, doesn't hurt either. By now, y'all should realize any excuse I have to post this pic, I will. (What up, Ron!?) KG - I respect your game on and off the court.
Not only are the Lakers
hanging right in there with Phoenix in the Pacific (division), but record-wise (27-12) ... they're one of the best teams in the L, period. Kobe's averaging 27 points, five rebounds and five dimes per game.
Leading the L in scoring (29.7 ppg) and adding seven boards and seven dimes just to keep his team above .500 (22-18). Yea, dude's valuable. Without him, Tito
would be dead in the water.
If you would have told me that the Hornets
would be leading the Southwest division over Dallas and San Antonio, I would have told you, I don't believe you, you need more people!
Yet, there's the N.O. on top of the division and C.P. is the reason why. 21 points and 10 dimes per game. Yeeea, he's that dude.
I'm being generous with Dwight because after their hot start, the Magic's
slipping away. Still, dude's a beast with 22 points, 15 boards per game. Dwight Beatz The Monsta!
OK, MY NBA MVP: K-B-2-4, ya diiig!? Listen say what you want - agree with the kid or curse me the hell out - but it is what it is. Kobe's not that selfish guy anymore. He's making his teammates better.
Off the bat, I gotta eliminate C.P., Dwight and Garnett. C.P. because ... let's see how his Hornets finish first. Dwight - the Magic just won't have a unbelievable record and Garnett because dude has too much help with P2 and Ray Allen. That's the same reason I don't have A.I. or 'Melo on my list. Same with Steve Nash. They got peeps to lean on. Still, KG has to be considered if the Celtics win 68-72 games. No doubt.
That leaves Kobe and LeBron on my list. Both are making their teammates better this season. But LeBron has always made his teammates better. Kobe ... not so much, until now. He's elevating everyone's game on that squad. Beside that, the Lakers got a better record than the Cavs. If it's between these two and the Lakers finish with a better record - in the tougher Western Conference - then Kobe gotta be M-V-P. Chuuch! (Pardon the pic with the old number).
KG's shawty's a 10, a 10, but Kobe's wifey ain't too shabby herself!
SOHH, WHO'S YOUR MVP?
Before I rollout, here's my All-Star team, purely based on the dudes I wanna see team up:
F Carlos Boozer
C Amare Stoudemire
G Chauncey Billups
G Jason Kidd
That's my ballot. Speak on yours! Holla!