Legler'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 Tim Legler's ballot:
No player is more directly responsible for his team's success than LeBron. He has put up Oscar Robertson-like numbers while also setting the tone defensively for the NBA's best defensive team. This award is really not that close.
| Dwyane Wade
He is the most exciting player in the league. No team has accomplished more with less firepower than the Heat, and Wade carries them offensively every night. Last season, Miami was 15-67 without him. This year they are the No. 5 seed in the East. 'Nuff said.
| Kobe Bryant
The only thing keeping the MVP from Kobe is how effortless he makes the game appear. He's incredibly efficient at both ends of the court and he's still the NBA's best closer.
Can you imagine the Hornets without him? He orchestrates, facilitates and dominates. The best way to sum up what he does is to call him this generation's John Stockton.
He is on the Mount Rushmore of clutch players along with Kobe, LeBron and D-Wade. It amazes me how unappreciated this guy is nationally when you consider the consistency with which he scores, rebounds, defends and leads.
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