Commentary

Broussard'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 Chris Broussard's ballot:

Chris Broussard's MVP Ballot
Rank Player Comment
 
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Shooting Guard
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This is not a lifetime achievement vote. This is based on Kobe playing outstanding team (and individual) ball while carrying an injury-plagued club to the top of the West. Andrew Bynum has played only 35 games and Pau Gasol just 25 with the Lakers, yet Kobe's brilliance has kept L.A. soaring. All due respect to CP3, but his two best teammates, David West and Tyson Chandler, have each played at least 74 games.
 
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
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Paul has has an absolutely fantastic season in every way, shape and form. I think the "shock" factor makes it even better in the eyes of many. Seeing Kobe, Phil Jackson and the Lakers winning big is no surprise, even with all their preseason turmoil. But seeing a 6-foot, third-year point guard lead a team -- one that just about everyone thought would struggle to make the playoffs -- to such heights has been so stunning that it could lift Paul past Kobe.
 
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
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Without LeBron, the Cavs would be every bit as bad as the Heat. They were 0-6 without him, and his historic 30 points, eight boards and seven dimes a game (joining a list that includes only Oscar Robertson and MJ) has carried the Cavs through a tumultuous season of holdouts, injuries and trades. He's had a better season than anyone individually, but ending up with just 45 (or 46) wins in the East dooms his MVP chances.
 
Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics
Power Forward
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KG's intensity, emotion and skill has returned Boston to greatness. He is the man most responsible for turning a club everyone thought would struggle defensively into the best group of stoppers in the league (by far). That said, some would argue that Paul Pierce is every bit as valuable as KG, and in the clutch, KG is often the third or fourth go-to guy, behind Pierce, Ray Allen and maybe even Sam Cassell.
 
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Center
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Howard barely edges Tim Duncan for this spot. Gives you 21 points per game on just 12 shots per game. If he had better guards, his numbers would be even more astounding. League leader in rebounding, fifth in blocks.

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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