Commentary

Thorpe'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 David Thorpe's ballot:

David Thorpe's MVP Ballot
Rank Player Comment
 
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Shooting Guard
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Kobe's numbers are terrific, and he is the only perimeter player in the league you would want both with the ball and defending the ball in the final two minutes of a close game. The Lakers are on the cusp of being the best team in perhaps the best conference ever, despite playing many games without their other key players. He's played in every game this season, inspiring his teammates like never before.
 
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
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Struggling just a bit down the stretch, Paul is still completing a season for the ages at point guard. He totally controls the game with the ball in his hands, often playing the game in slow motion but forcing everyone else to play even slower. He moves like a jet when necessary, and though he's not a lockdown guy, he's always a threat to make a play defensively.
 
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
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LeBron is having even more of a monster season than Paul. He's the most productive player in the clutch, and he may have overtaken Kobe as the best offensive player on the planet. But he's not yet the defensive presence he can ultimately be. The Cavs' late-season drop has killed his MVP chances.
 
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Center
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Howard is the league's most dominating player inside the paint. He's even more impressive when you consider he has no other "power" player to help him. He doesn't just destroy his opponents with dunks, boards and blocks; he gets them into foul trouble, too. He's learned to compete harder and longer, providing production and leadership every minute he's on the floor.
 
Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics
Power Forward
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Garnett gets penalized a bit because he has the Celtics' other big two to help him, and he is not the team's best offensive player. But KG is a great example of how statistics alone do not fully tell the story. He might be the best leader in the league, both verbally and by example. His passion and love for his teammates should be emulated by every young player.

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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