Stein's 2008-09 MVP ballot
Updated: April 13, 2009, 3:56 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 Marc Stein's ballot:
The MVP, to me, is essentially the guy who has the best overall season. When you factor in all the variables -- numbers, versatility, intangibles, team success, overall stature, etc. -- it's a pretty easy choice.
| Kobe Bryant
Andrew Bynum's extended absence and the steady decline of what was supposed to be the league's deepest bench didn't stop L.A. from leaving a bunch of 50-win teams in the West dust. The reigning MVP, in other words, must not have been too shabby this season.
All of the Magic's 3-point bombers live off the attention Howard commands down low. And Orlando's total transformation defensively into of the league's top teams at that end starts with him, too. Which adds up to a lot of value.
| Dwyane Wade
Remember where Kobe finished when he averaged 35 a game in 2005-06 and carried a team with iffy depth and a limited ceiling to the playoffs? Fourth. That's how MVP voting works, even when you've rebounded as spectacularly from a 15-win nightmare as D-Wade has.
The toughest decision here is whether to give the final slot to Chauncey or the consensus Best Point Guard On Earth. But that's because, for all of CP3's genius, you can't name five guys that had a better season than Billups when, again, you factor in all the variables.
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