Barry's 2008-09 MVP ballot
Updated: April 13, 2009, 4:02 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 Jon Barry's ballot:
| Dwyane Wade
My criteria: Who has had the best season? Wade's the one. Kobe might still be a little bit better, but Wade has had the best season. His stats back up that claim. He's the top scorer, eighth in assists and second in steals. Defensively, he's just better than Kobe and LeBron.
He's a triple-double machine and tremendous all around. His team looks to have the best record in the league, so it was a very tough decision to put him second to anyone. I would be fine if he were to win the MVP award because he has had a sensational season as well.
He's the best player in the NBA, but again, I'm basing this ballot just on this season, and I think the other two guys have had slightly better seasons.
Defensively, he's the best player in the league. His team has had great success all season, and he even has made tremendous strides offensively this season.
It used to be that teams worried about stopping Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili when they faced the Spurs, but now Parker is the one to fear. He puts so much pressure on defenses because of his ability to get into the paint and finish.
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