Bucher'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 Ric Bucher's ballot:
Still wouldn't call him the best "basketball" player, but he's the most dominant force in the game on the winningest team. Can't make a more compelling case for anyone else to top the list.
| Kobe Bryant
Still would call him the best "basketball" player, but physically he's not the most dominant force in the game and the Lakers weren't the winningest team.
Best point guard in the game and has made the Jazz look, at times, like a title contender, despite their quirky makeup.
He insists Russ Westbrook is the Thunder's MVP, and that's a nice sentiment. But KD's defense has improved, and it's not just that he's the league's leading scorer -- he never shirks the responsibility of taking the big shot unless the situation absolutely demands it.
Just ahead of Steve Nash. The Magic rely on him defensively as much as the Suns depend on Nash's offensive wizardry. Nash plays better D than he gets credit for, but his D is not equal to Howard's O.