Commentary

Hollinger'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

To see the complete vote, click here.


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

Here is John Hollinger's ballot:

John Hollinger's MVP Ballot
Rank Player Comment
 
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
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Before the season, there were no expectations at all for this team, other than that they'd move to another city. Paul changed things on both counts. He's had a brilliant season, ranking second in player efficiency rating (PER) and leading the Hornets to one of the top spots in the West, and his play helped save basketball in New Orleans. I wouldn't say he's the best player in the league, but he's had the best season.
 
Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics
Power Forward
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Responding to KG's lead, the Celtics defended with a vigor the league has rarely seen, helping them achieve the top record in the East. And it's not like he was chopped liver individually -- Garnett was fourth in PER, ranking ahead of the likes of Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant.

 
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Forward
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The game's top talent had an absolutely dominant season individually, but LeBron missed several games with an injury he might have been able to play through, and his team has had a middling season overall. Nonetheless, it's tough to put him lower than third given his 30-7-7 averages and improved defense.

 
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Shooting Guard
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Kobe is a favorite because he's never won and the Lakers are likely to finish first in the West. But he didn't have his best season individually -- and the first half of the season, when he was still feeling out whether he wanted to get with the program or not, still sits on his record. I'd draft him ahead of Chris Paul in a heartbeat, but over this 82-game body of work, Paul, Garnett and James were better.
 
Tim Duncan
San Antonio Spurs
Forward
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Hey, everyone, remember me? I'll ignore the leaguewide mandate that apparently exists to ignore Duncan in MVP voting, slotting him just ahead of the offensively brilliant but defensively negligent Amare Stoudemire.

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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