Thorpe'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 David Thorpe's ballot:
He's the world's best player on the NBA's best team, and he has earned every bit of those accomplishments with his play this season. He has a tremendous influence on every game he plays, and his leadership is first-rate.
| Dwight Howard
His team is in the top two in defensive efficiency and top three in offensive efficiency, and his talent and effort are the biggest reasons why. If I could start a franchise with any player not named LeBron, he'd be my pick. We'd be competitive right away because of him.
Wade does what the best superstars do -- he attracts fans, entertains them and finds a way to help his team win more than it probably should. If not for LeBron, he'd probably be seen as the league's best player by many experts. And I think he can still get a little better.
Everyone points to his scoring, but it's what he's doing in every other facet of his game that has me impressed. His willingness to take on criticisms and work to improve his weaknesses is one of the league's best storylines. He willed himself into having a spectacular season.
The Lakers are deeply talented on the front line, but Kobe still makes up for a ton of his team's problems overall. Winning a West that is so strong tells us all we need to know about Kobe's lasting impact in this league, and his six game-winners are what earned them the No. 1 seed.