Hill's 2008-09 MVP ballot
Updated: April 13, 2009, 3:58 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 Jemele Hill's ballot:
Typically I favor MVPs who do the most with the least, so I was initially on the Dwyane Wade bandwagon. But King James' triple-double spree made this a special campaign, and he was a legitimate candidate for defensive POY.
| Dwyane Wade
D-Wade launched the "Y'all Musta Forgot" campaign this season, leading the league in scoring and finishing in the top 10 in assists. Even though Kobe and LeBron have far more experienced and talented teams, Wade has Miami in the thick of the playoffs.
| Kobe Bryant
By Kobe standards, this was a "down" season statistically, but when Bynum went out with an injury, he exhibited his trademark greatness. If not for incredible seasons by Wade and LeBron, Kobe, who played with an injured finger, might have been on his way to a second straight MVP.
Billups did for the Nuggets what Manny Ramirez did for the Dodgers.
At his position, he's in a class all by himself, and he arguably had just as good a season as he did a year ago. Unfortunately, the Hornets' struggles this season put a damper on Paul's MVP campaign.
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