Sheridan'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 Chris Sheridan's ballot:
I reserve the right to change my final decisions between now and Thursday morning, yet any change would come in the 4 and 5 slots. I've been leaning harder toward LeBron on the basis of his better record, stats and propensity for doing the incredible on a nightly basis.
| Kobe Bryant
If there is a God, there will be a Game 7 between the Lakers and Cavs, and we'll settle the much larger debate -- who is the better player? -- mano a mano. If one factor works against him more than it helps him in my mind, it's his team's depth.
| Dwyane Wade
Sorry, Dwyane. I misled you when I mentioned that collegiate history (go Marquette) should always be the ultimate determining factor in deciding between the big three of you, LBJ and Kobe. I put a premium on winning. Thus Wade's placement at No. 3 rather than No. 2.
We've seen something of a drop-off recently from the Magic, and we wonder whether opposing big men will get up and underneath Howard and body him away from the basket in the playoffs as the Pistons always have done. His low-post game still needs work.
I'm having a hard time deciding between Tony Parker and Chauncey Billups. A locked-up No. 2 spot in the West might do the trick for Billups, but I do not discount how much Parker has carried the Spurs throughout the season with Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan hurting.
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