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Roundtable: Who is the 2008-09 MVP?

4/9/2010

 
It was a slam dunk. In a poll of ESPN experts, LeBron James ran away with the MVP award.

The tally

LeBron James: 89 points (17 first-place votes, 1 second)
Dwyane Wade: 62 points (1 first-place vote, 8 second, 7 third, 2 fourth)
Kobe Bryant: 53 points (8 second-place votes, 5 third, 1 fourth, 4 fifth)
Dwight Howard: 31 points (1 second-place vote, 2 third, 10 fourth, 1 fifth)
Chris Paul: 22 points (3 third-place votes, 3 fourth, 7 fifth)
Chauncey Billups: 8 points (1 third-place vote, 1 fourth, 3 fifth)
Paul Pierce: 3 points (1 fourth-place vote, 1 fifth)
Tony Parker: 2 points (2 fifth-place votes)

Five points awarded for first-place votes, four points for second place, and so on.

The ballots

Henry Abbott | J.A. Adande | Jon Barry | Maurice Brooks | Chris Broussard | Ric Bucher
Chad Ford | LZ Granderson | Jemele Hill | John Hollinger | Tim Legler | Eric Neel
Chris Palmer | Dr. Jack Ramsay | Jalen Rose | Chris Sheridan | Marc Stein | David Thorpe