Brown's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 4:57 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 1 to 5.
Here is Mike Brown's ballot:
He's worked extremely hard at improving his perimeter game, and it has shown in games and stats. I like the fact that he's taken on a leadership role with guys who are veterans and in their primes. He's a leader.
Similar credentials on the court as Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson have as coaches. He doesn't get enough credit for bringing rings to L.A., and winning the MVP just one time is not right. The Lakers have had their share of injuries, but he's the steadying force.
Yes, when you think of the Miami Heat you think of Dwyane Wade, who's been there year after year. LeBron has stepped in and led the way in several statistical categories and put them on the winning path to the playoffs.
Look at that team and all the pieces they've added. No one has come close to becoming a No. 2 guy. But the one constant they have is Howard. Offensively, the Magic know he can command double-teams and get easy baskets for teammates.
Here's a telltale stat: He's missed nine games this season, and the Mavs are 2-7 in those games. Huge difference when he is playing. He is Mr. Mav, in my opinion. The two kids from OKC, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, also are interchangeable candidates for this fifth spot.
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