Sheridan'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 Chris Sheridan's ballot:
No superlative is fitting enough. Maybe it's best to say that we could be witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime player, not a once-in-a-generation star. He might win this award eight to 10 times before he's done, and I think this is the year he gets his first ring.
| Kevin Durant
I've gone back and forth 100 times on who I'm putting second on my official ballot, and it is hard to put him ahead of Kobe when I'd rather have Bryant taking the final shot nine times out of 10. But that's not what the MVP award is about, and OKC's turnaround is extreme enough to tip the scales.
I have one wish and one wish only for this June: This guy and LBJ go at each other in the fourth quarter of Game 7 at The Q, and may the better man win.
Doesn't get the credit he deserves for being such a productive player and such a likeable guy. I'd even go as far as to say he has a love for the game that surpasses LBJ's and Kobe's.
Without him, the Heat would be the Nets. He gets the nod for spot No. 5 over Dwight Howard because unlike Dwight, he cannot be rattled by a team picking on his weakness. Oh yeah, he also has no weaknesses.