Ford's 2009-10 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 Chad Ford's ballot:
Last year's MVP has averaged more points per game and more assists per game and is shooting a higher percentage from the field while leading his team to the best record in the league. If he's not the unanimous pick, it's a crime.
| Kevin Durant
LeBron may be the most complete player in the league, but Durant has become the league's best scorer. He can, almost effortlessly, get his shot off from just about anywhere. His clutch play this season has turned the Thunder into the future of the league.
Howard is the league's best defensive player. He doesn't require a lot of shots to dramatically alter the face of the game. Whether he's blocking shots, crashing the boards or sending home a thunderous dunk, there isn't a better big man in the league.
Wade has done more with less than any player in the league. Once again he lays his body on the line every night to will himself to the basket. If he can get some help this summer, watch out.
He's 36 years old and he's still amazing. While his numbers aren't quite what they were during his MVP seasons, he's the reason the Suns are back as contenders in the West.