Arnovitz's 2009-10 MVP ballot
Updated: April 13, 2010, 2:11 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 Kevin Arnovitz ballot:
Any lingering debate over the NBA's best player has been extinguished by James' historic season. His scoring exploits (nearly 30 points per game on a true shooting percentage of greater than 60 percent) coupled with his assist percentage (ranked fifth in the NBA) offer merely a glimpse of what James has accomplished.
| Dwyane Wade
Pop quiz: Name the Miami Heat's starting lineup. That took longer than it should have for a team that won 40-plus games, didn't it? We can easily point to the offensive load that Wade carries so efficiently on offense, but for a full exhibition of Wade's dynamic game, take a few minutes and focus on Wade patrolling the defensive end of the floor.
There isn't a more authoritative defensive force in the game today than Howard. His blocked shots and rebounding stats are impressive, but Howard's true impact can be measured in the radical alterations that opposing coaches make to their game plans to deal with his presence.
The league's scoring champ has graduated from being an explosive one-on-one scorer to a dominant offensive producer. When measuring Durant's full value, don't overlook his rebounding numbers (second among perimeter players) and his team's solid defensive output. The scary thing? Durant almost certainly will improve.
After a dizzying roster overhaul, the Mavs likely will finish the regular season with the league's fourth-best record. That success can be attributed in great part to one of the game's most consistent catalysts. At 31, Nowitzki is a workhorse and continues to burn opponents with one of the NBA's most undefendable offensive repertoires.