Stein'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 Marc Stein's ballot:
I know where I fall alphabetically on our list of staffers so I'm sure by now you've gotten the hint that LeBron had no regular-season peer.
| Dwight Howard
He got noticeably better -- at both ends -- and also made sure, more than anyone else in Orlando, that the Magic stayed in Cleveland's zip code all season.
He took the challenge from his bosses to put more into his D and still made the leap to near-uncontainable scorer. No. 2 on this ballot was not out of reach after Durant led the Thunder into 50-win range.
He's still No. 1 on the list of Feared Playoff Performers and drained those six game-winning shots you won't soon forget. But the combination of his injuries and the Lakers' underwhelming second half dragged him down a little lower than usual.
Wade beat out some big names for this spot: Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams. Had to reward him somehow for carrying such a skeleton crew into the playoffs again, even though he's no threat to actually win NBA honors on a team that won't win 50 games.