Adande's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 4:39 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 J.A. Adande's ballot:
Sure, the Bulls are playing great defense. But you still need to outscore your opponents, and Rose has made or assisted on 44 percent of the Bulls' baskets. And check the box scores of his games against other great point guards. He's dominated.
Provides the Magic's inside presence at both ends of the court all on his own. But he can he provide the big hoop late in the game if they're down by one?
Didn't miss a statistical beat despite moving to new surroundings with two new co-stars. Loses points for fourth-quarter shortcomings and Heat's record vs. top two rivals in East.
| Kobe Bryant
Still the best player on the team favored to win it all, but he couldn't keep the Lakers from extended lulls this season, and their best stretch was spurred by Andrew Bynum's increased activity.
Remains a matchup nightmare who somehow compensates for Dallas' lack of post presence. The Mavs' skid without him showed his value, but he couldn't stop their late slide while in the lineup.
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