Brooks' 2009-10 MVP ballot
Updated: April 13, 2010, 10:46 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 Maurice Brooks' ballot:
The best player on the league's best team is going to set the record for most assists per game by a forward (8.6). He is a scoring and rebounding machine, leads the league in player efficiency rating (PER) and anchors one of the top defenses.
| Dwight Howard
He leads the league in double-doubles, field goal percentage, rebounding and shot-blocking for Orlando, which is tied with the Lakers for the league's second-best record.
He is on pace to win his first scoring title, and not only has his game shown major overall improvement, Oklahoma City more than doubled its win total from last season.
While most players would have sat out, Bryant chose to play through various injuries. He cemented his reputation as the most clutch player in the Association by draining six game-winners for West-leading L.A.
He took a bigger chunk of the leadership role away from Chauncey Billups, and defensively he has never been better. The league's third-leading scorer also takes (and more often than not makes) every big shot for Denver.