Hill's 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 Jemele Hill's ballot:
Despite past achievements, LeBron followed the paths of other greats and found ways to expand his game. He did work in the post and made himself into a reliable jump shooter. He's also one of the best defenders in the league. His blocks are arguably more impressive than his dunks.
| Kevin Durant
Durant was the best scorer in the league this season and took the Thunder from lottery to luxury. You could argue OKC's Durant-led turnaround was more impressive than the Cavs' 60-win season. Durant is why LeBron shouldn't be a unanimous MVP choice.
D12's MVP campaign will be largely overlooked, but he's kept the Magic in serious contention to win the East despite the loss of their closer, Hedo Turkoglu. He also leads the NBA in rebounding, blocked shots, field-goal percentage and double-doubles -- which should guarantee him a second straight DPOY.
It must be nice to average 27 points and five assists a game and lead the Lakers to the best record in the West when you're supposedly on the down side of your career.
The Mavs quietly snuck up the Western Conference food chain because Dirk had a season that was equally as impressive as the one in which he won MVP.