Commentary

Brooks' 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 Maurice Brooks' ballot:

Maurice Brooks' MVP Ballot
Rank Player Comment
 
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Shooting Guard
Complete stats
This is the season when the Swiss Army Knife -- best versatility, dependability, and quality in the NBA -- finally gets his due. Kobe is a shut-down defender and has been the best offensive weapon in the league since MJ departed. He is a coach on the floor, has learned to trust other players and has led the Lakers to the top of the most competitive conference in the history of the Association without an All-Star teammate.

 
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
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As long as Utah's Deron Williams isn't facing Paul, CP3 has been the most dominant floor leader in the game. He is the only player leading the league in two major categories this season -- steals (2.7) and assists (11.6). The Hornets' amazing season is a testament to the coaching of Byron Scott and to the play of Paul, who (don't forget) is also averaging 21.1 points per game.

 
Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics
Power Forward
Complete stats
My preseason pick to win the award hasn't disappointed, although KG's stats are down a little. He changed the thinking in Boston, turning one of the worst teams in the league -- both offensively and defensively -- into one of the best teams in the league in both categories. But he lines up nightly with a pair of All-Stars, and the C's didn't skip a beat when he was out of the lineup. So he's third on my ballot.
 
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
Complete stats
Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan are the only two players to have ever averaged at least 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. In a couple of days, LBJ could have his name included with that legendary duo. Sounds like a no-brainer choice for MVP, right? Nope. Not when the Cavaliers struggled all season long to produce victories in the East.
 
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Center
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Simply put, remove D12 from the Magic and they go from Southeast Division champions to "I hope they select our pingpong ball at the NBA lottery" status.

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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