Commentary

Palmer'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 Palmer's ballot:

Chris Palmer's MVP Ballot
Rank Player Comment
 
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
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New Orleans wasn't even supposed to make the playoffs, but it will secure a top-three seed in the most competitive division ever. Paul has emerged as the best point guard in the league and is turning in arguably the best single season by a point guard. Steve Nash won two MVPs for doing a lot less.
 
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Shooting Guard
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I'm in favor of giving Kobe a lifetime achievement award, but that's not why he deserves the MVP should voters give him the nod. There were long stretches where Kobe played nearly flawless basketball while the Lakers endured one injury after another. And Los Angeles didn't fade as expected. Bryant is the greatest player of his generation. Giving him the award would restore its credibility.
 
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
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All LeBron did was record the best single season by an individual player in more than 15 years. James was just a couple assists and rebounds per game away from averaging a triple-double. But with the Cavs finishing with just the fourth-best record in the Least, James has no shot against his equally deserving buddies who are on far superior teams.
 
Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics
Power Forward
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Despite Boston's record turnaround I never got on the "KG For President" bandwagon, simply because Garnett means less to his team than the above three players. Call me crazy, but without him Boston still wins the East. If the Celtics steamroll to the title, that is what they'll be talking about 20 years from now, not who won the MVP. And I think KG's cool with that.
 
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Center
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Howard emerged as the best young center since Shaquille O'Neal. No one this young has ever rebounded at such a clip. Someday Howard may have a mantel filled with MVP trophies, but for now he'll just have to be satisfied with rounding out the top five. For the record, this spot could just as easily go to Carlos Boozer.

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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