Scoop'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 Scoop Jackson's ballot:
Came into the season as the hunted. Pre-season pre-MVP. The first of many to come. It was his to lose. As he has his whole career, he exceeded the hype.
| Dwyane Wade
Came into the season as the forgotten one. No one thought he could return to an MVP level-type player. He was never considered for the award. It was his to win. As he has his whole career, he proved us all wrong.
| Kobe Bryant
Came into the season as the incumbent. The holder of the throne. Can he do it again? Can he be better? It was his was his to hold. As he has his whole career, he showed we should never doubt him.
And you thought last year might have been a fluke? Thought that maybe he wasn't for real, that maybe the rest of the players and teams in the league would catch on and find a way to shut him down? For real? You thought that?
Try coming into a season with not only the target of a championship on your back, not only a Finals MVP on your back, not only a statement that you are the best player in the world haunting you, but doing it without KG. Imagine surviving that.
The BallotsHenry Abbott | J.A. Adande | Maurice Brooks | Chris Broussard | Chad Ford | Jemele Hill
John Hollinger | Mark Jackson | Scoop Jackson | Tim Legler | Chris Palmer | Jalen Rose
Chris Sheridan | Marc Stein | David Thorpe