Abbott's 2008-09 MVP ballot
Updated: May 19, 2009, 3:47 PM ETBy | ESPN.com
We asked NBA writers from ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, as well as NBA analysts from ESPN, to provide their choices for NBA Most Valuable Player, ranked from 1 to 5.
Here is Henry Abbott's ballot:
When the best record in the league comes from a team revolving around an individual performance for the ages, don't you have to pick that guy?
He does things no one else can do, he does them all the time and he does them on by far the West's best team. The only reason he's not at the top of this list is because that other guy is so big, strong and efficient.
His individual body of work this season is probably the most impressive, and no one could match his highlights from this season. But he's killing himself on a mediocre roster, sometimes forcing things a little, and the other two above him on my ballot are better defenders.
Pound-for-pound, the best player in basketball. In a different year (one in which the Hornets were healthier, and James, Bryant and Wade weren't going totally insane) his performance this season might have been enough to win.
| Dwight Howard
It's probably old-fashioned bias ... but don't you think an MVP ought to reliably get his team a bucket or two down the stretch of a tight game? Except for that, however, Howard does everything, and most of it better than anybody else. Slashers just don't like to slash against the Magic, and Howard is the reason why.
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