Broussard's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 4:28 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 Chris Broussard's ballot:
The Celtics have four All-Stars and the Heat have three, yet Rose, the Bulls' lone All-Star, topped them all. Folks can complain about his 44 percent shooting, but his volume shooting did nothing to hinder his club and teammates. He's been clutch, he's been a leader, he's been consistent. He's the MVP.
We've become so used to Kobe's brilliance that we take it for granted. But all he's done is be the leading scorer and assist man on the best team in the league. I nearly gave Kobe my vote as a "Lifetime Achievement'' sort of thing because it's a travesty that he only has one MVP, but Rose deserved the hardware.
| Dwight Howard
There was a lot of upheaval in Orlando, what with the huge trade that rearranged much of the ballclub with offensive-minded players. The one constant was Howard, who once again was a terror on the glass and the defensive end. And his improved offense led to a career-high 23.1 ppg. Without him, Orlando would be in the bidding for Kyrie Irving.
Still the league's best player, he put together another fantastic year, dominating both offensively and defensively. Late in the season, he began playing off the ball for the first time in years and averaged nearly 30 points on 60 percent shooting. But the fact is, his team underachieved, which means he can't win the award.
No one (save me) had the Hornets making the playoffs. But Paul, with his tremendous leadership and play, has willed New Orleans into an improbable postseason berth. The top defensive PG in the league along with Rajon Rondo, he led the league in steals and had an assist/turnover ratio that embarrassed the league's other elite playmakers.
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