Commentary

Abbott's ballot: 2007-08 Most Valuable Player

Originally Published: April 14, 2008
By   | ESPN.com

The Ballots

Henry Abbott | J.A. Adande | Maurice Brooks | Chris Broussard | Chad Ford | Jemele Hill
John Hollinger | Mark Jackson | Scoop Jackson | Tim Legler | Chris Palmer | Jalen Rose
Chris Sheridan | Marc Stein | David Thorpe

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We asked our writers to provide their choices for Most Valuable Player, ranked from 1 to 5.

Here is Henry Abbott's ballot:

Henry Abbott's MVP Ballot
Rank Player Comment
 
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
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The MVP is really a four-way tie for first in my book. (Someone could flip the order of the first four and hear no argument from me.) But you can't vote that way. Both the naked eye and the stats support the notion that LeBron is the best player in the game. (Have you seen him head to head against Kobe?) James' weak link is the Cavs' regular season record, but his roster has always been weak -- and last year Cleveland made the Finals anyway.

 
Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics
Power Forward
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The Celtics have been in a class of their own throughout the regular season. And their best player by a country mile has been Garnett, who took them from the cellar to the doorstep of a championship. He's also probably the best defensive player in the game. In most years. all that is more than enough to get yourself an MVP award.
 
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Shooting Guard
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I bet Kobe is going to win it. And if he does, I'm fine with that because of how he is simultaneously among the hardest-working, the smartest, and the fiercest of players. James and Bryant both appear to coast for stretches of games in the early season. But now that it's prime time, this man is a beast at both ends of the floor.
 
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
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I don't really buy the whole "he's young, he can win it later" argument. That's a crock. If Paul is the best, give it to him now. And if Paul's not the best, he's darn close. My only hesitation is a statistical bugaboo. Even though he leads the league in steals, the numbers show what you can see in many games: Paul hurts the Hornets on defense almost as much as he helps them on offense. (Read the last bullet point here.)
 
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Center
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Howard is a distant fifth. But without him, the Orlando Magic would be sorely hurting. And imagine how effective Howard could be if, like Amare Stoudemire, he played on a team with multiple scoring threats to thwart double teams, easy ball movement, faster pace, lots of players who can throw the lob and Steve Nash.

The Ballots

Henry Abbott | J.A. Adande | Maurice Brooks | Chris Broussard | Chad Ford | Jemele Hill
John Hollinger | Mark Jackson | Scoop Jackson | Tim Legler | Chris Palmer | Jalen Rose
Chris Sheridan | Marc Stein | David Thorpe

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