Palmer's 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 Chris Palmer's ballot:
By throwing down the best individual season since MJ's 32, 8 and 8 in 1992, James has surpassed lofty expectations and earned the right to be called the game's best player. No single player impacts his team more. This could be the first of several in a row for James.
| Kobe Bryant
Despite the 27 points an outing and the occasional record-setting performance, Bryant has never done more to boost camaraderie. He's developed into possibly the best leader in the league and one of its best teammates: the secret reason the Lakers are so potent.
| Dwyane Wade
There have been significant stretches this season in which D-Wade has been the best baller on the planet. In his sixth season, he managed to improve in nearly every phase of the game. Without him, the Heat are counting pingpong balls.
Mr. Wonderful led the league in rebounding, blocked shots and all-around enthusiasm, firmly establishing himself as the most dominant post player in the game. Best of all, the typically hot-starting Magic didn't fade late in the season.
It was just a year ago that CP3 chased Kobe Bryant down to the wire for MVP. This season, despite playing equally well, he's scarcely been in the conversation. His team's record is to blame, but CP3 is still the most capable set-up man in the league.
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