Commentary

Scoop Jackson'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 Scoop Jackson's ballot:

Scoop Jackson's MVP Ballot
Rank Player Comment
 
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Shooting Guard
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Kobe finally deserves to get recognized for what he is: the best, most complete, thorough-est basketball player breathing. In the end, the haters will have their say, making it three years in a row that he's been overlooked like a balcony. And even though this year will make less sense in his not getting it than ever before, Phife's Law is still in effect: "I never need a statue to tell me how nice I am."

 
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
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The only question that remains is, "Is CP3 better than Steve Nash?" The numbers indicate that his season (team and individual) bests both of Nash's MVP seasons. Even if the Hornets don't win the West, CP3 deserves the award for doing what seemed virtually impossible at the start of the season.
 
Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics
Power Forward
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How does the man who claims he's not the MVP of his team (he claims Paul Pierce is the Celtics' most valuable) get the highest individual honor of the entire league? Easy. When you are single-handedly responsible for 180ing an entire culture for the Yankees of the NBA, the MVP is the least you should be awarded.
 
Amare Stoudemire
Phoenix Suns
Center
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If the MVP award could be given for just the second half of the season, STAT would win this with no competition. None. Ever since Shaq slid into town, Stoudemire has played like his name was Hakeem and the rest of the league was David Robinson and this was 1995.
 
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
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All LeBron had to do was get the Cavs to have a better record than the Pistons. All he had to do was carry a team -- depleted all season long with injuries and holdouts and impacted by trades -- to meet the expectations of a team that went to the Finals. All he had to do was save the game from the worst offseason in history. All he had to do was the impossible. He almost did.

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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