Brooks' 2008-09 MVP ballot
Updated: April 13, 2009, 3:59 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 Maurice Brooks' ballot:
Kudos to Kobe and D-Wade, but those two superstars don't belong in the same breath as LeBron this season. He has led everyone in fourth-quarter points and has improved on defense. James also has kept his teammates loose by leading their choreographed handshakes and routines.
| Kobe Bryant
His numbers have been down a little bit from a season ago because of the superb season that Pau Gasol has put together. Still, he has been his normal dominant self en route to leading the Lakers to the top record in the West, and he held things together while Andrew Bynum was on the shelf.
| Dwyane Wade
The Heat won just 15 games a season ago. This season, they've started a rookie at the point and have a first-year head coach, but thanks to Wade's nightly brilliance, they have won 40-plus games and are playoff-bound. If Miami's win total had been closer to 50, Wade might have found himself at the top of this list.
The attention Howard commands in the paint is the reason Magic jump-shooters can stand on the perimeter without a hand in their faces. The league leader in blocks and rebounds, Howard changes the game defensively and is the reason Orlando is the East's third-best team.
Everything the Hornets do on the offensive end of the floor starts and stops with Paul. He has led the league in assists and steals, is ninth in the league in scoring and makes more than 50 percent of his shots from the field for a New Orleans team that will win 50 games.
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