Hollinger's 2008-09 MVP ballot
Updated: April 13, 2009, 4:00 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 John Hollinger's ballot:
James has had a historic, Jordan-esque season while his team unexpectedly has posted the league's best record, and he is an obvious choice over Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant -- the next four players on my imaginary ballot.
Howard established himself as the most dominant big man while leading the Magic to the top of the charts in defensive efficiency. Howard has led the league in both blocks and rebounding, while his dominance down low on offense has opened things up for the Magic's 3-point brigade.
| Dwyane Wade
After all the injuries, we finally got the old Wade back. He stayed healthy all season and led Miami to a playoff berth. He also finished second in player efficiency rating, and at the defensive end, he stopped taking bad gambles and instead started blocking shots at a prolific rate.
His team's season may have been a disappointment, but Paul individually has had a better season than he did the previous season. This year, the MVP field is stronger, so I've ranked Paul only fourth, but he shouldn't be punished for the Hornets' glaring lack of frontcourt depth.
| Kobe Bryant
Kobe has led L.A. to the the West's best record once again, and once again he was a quality defender on the wing and a killer in fourth quarters. He'll probably finish higher on other ballots, but he is a distant fifth in PER and clearly has had a stronger supporting cast than the others on this list.
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