Palmer'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 Chris Palmer's ballot:
James continues to make good on his massive potential and has improved every season he's been in the league. His numbers read like misprints and his unselfishness improves everyone around him. Throw in the fact James has fully embraced being the face of the league and he's a lock for MVP.
| Kobe Bryant
Sure, he's noticeably a half step slower, but his game knowledge and will are still unparalleled. His MVP days are over but he's still Kobe and is the best of his era in the clutch, the mark of an MVP. But even Bryant has to willingly hand the torch to James at this point.
I could base it on the Thunder's resurgence alone because those stories are so vital to the general growth and interest in the league. Oh, his game is completely sick, too. He's a young George Gervin who will likely lead the league in scoring. Think about it: He's 21 years old and he's averaging 30. Gives me the chills.
Howard would have been higher but he didn't make any significant strides on the offensive end. That's disappointing for a young megastar. MVPs need a go-to move. They gotta hit free throws, too. But his dominance defensively and on the boards land him on this list.
One of the best scorers of his generation quietly had a terrific all-around season. Still, his name was missing from all the serious MVP chatter. But a fired-up, focused Melo is good enough to lead his team to the Finals.