Brooks' 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 4:03 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 Maurice Brooks' ballot:
I guess I'm a sucker for a good storyline, because I've had Rose first or second in the MVP Watch since Dec. 21. He sets the tone for Chicago, which may end up with the league's best record, and he comes through in the clutch.
| Dwight Howard
Just because there aren't as many quality centers as there are standout point guards isn't reason enough for me to give Howard the award over Rose. Still, kudos to Dwight for not only being a nightly one-man defense but for also improving his play on the offensive side of the floor.
Despite taking his talents to South Beach, LBJ once again proved he's the best basketball player in the world. Why then is he not higher on this ballot? The Heat didn't win as much as expected and he came up short a little too much in the clutch.
He spotted the rest of the contenders too big a lead to be considered a serious threat for the award, but he has dialed up his competitiveness since the All-Star break. Regardless of what the records say, he is still the best player on the league's best team.
Thought about putting Chris Paul here for all the heavy lifting he does in New Orleans. Dirk gets the nod because the Mavs are battling hard with the Lakers for the second-best record in the conference. He showed his value when Dallas lost seven of nine games without him.
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