Arnovitz's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 5:12 PM 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 first to fifth.
Here is Kevin Arnovitz's ballot:
How do we define value? If we regard it as the capacity to influence every facet of the game with the greatest impact, James is the NBA's MVP. Playing alongside two of the league's highest usage players, James has maintained his dominance and efficiency as the world's most versatile talent.
There's only one defensive player in the NBA that opposing coaches must design their game plan around -- Howard. When he wasn't altering, blocking or eliminating the mere thought of a shot attempt, Howard evolved into one of the most efficient offensive players in the league.
| Chris Paul
Choose your measurement: most vital to his team's success, adjusted plus-minus, impact on teammates' efficiency, clutch performance. No matter where you turn, you'll find Paul atop any list. Paul doesn't create the number of shots for himself he used to. That's because he's busy improving everyone else.
There isn't a player in the game right now who scores with greater confidence and grace than Rose. That binary debate we've been having about the best point guard in basketball? It persists, though Rose has displaced Deron Williams as the counterpoint to Paul.
Lost amid the circus in Miami has been Wade's high-energy, high-efficiency season. When the Heat were rolling earlier in the season, Wade was transcendent -- as an attacker, rebounder, wing defender and helper. John Wooden said, "Never mistake activity for achievement." Wade conquers both categories.
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