Berrios' 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 1:58 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 first to fifth.
Here is Alfredo Berrios' ballot:
The Bulls guard is a no-brainer. While Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer have missed time with injuries, Rose has helped lift Chicago to the best record in the East.
His defense has made the Magic a contender, and his value shows when we see this team without him; on a bad night from Howard, the Magic are a .500 team. But his contribution has not been as strong as that of Rose, even though Howard is for sure Orlando's main man.
His talent is immeasurable, but he is not King any more. James has basically taken over the point-guard position in Miami, and his scoring (26.6 ppg) has been a constant on this strange star-studded team. Sorry, LeBron, but you're not in Kansas anymore.
Kobe can be both the Lakers' spark and worst enemy. When he's unselfish, L.A. looks like the team to repeat. But he has thrown a few victories overboard by taking over and forgetting about the other four players on the court.
| Dirk Nowitzki
Earlier this season, Nowitzki made the Mavs a top candidate to take over the West, a fact reinforced by Dallas' 2-7 record without him. But since coming back, he's not the magic man anymore. Sure, he's had a great season and is probably the team's MVP, but he's not the league's.
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