Adande's 2009-10 MVP ballot
Updated: April 13, 2010, 10:45 AM 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 J.A. Adande's ballot:
It's not just the Oscar Robertsonian numbers. It's the attitude. He doesn't let the Cavaliers take nights off (even when he does himself, he still cheers the Cavaliers to close games). Of the team's 18 losses, seven are by three points or fewer.
| Kobe Bryant
It's been a down season overall but he's still come through six times with the game on the line. MVPs make their teams elite. Without Kobe's big shots, the Lakers wouldn't be sitting atop the West.
He has grabbed almost one third of his team's rebounds and accounts for half of their blocked shots. He also leads the team in scoring and steals. If he could only make free throws so they'd give him the ball more in the fourth quarter.
The league's leading scorer is learning ways to impact the game besides putting the ball through the bucket. But MVPs usually win their 50th game before April (only two MVPs have failed to reach that milestone by April 1 since the lockout-shortened 1999 season).
Thought about Carmelo Anthony here, but he's missed too many games. Nowitzki doesn't miss too many shots in the fourth quarter, when he is the Mavericks' offense.