Caplan's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 4:45 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 Jeff Caplan's ballot:
What more can he do? Rose has piled on the points (25.1 ppg), dished the rock (7.8 apg) and carried his team when key starters Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah missed extended portions of the season. And the end result? Stunningly finishing with the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed.
Let's get real: Without Howard, the Magic are lottery-bound. Instead, they're a top-four seed in the East. Howard is 10th in the league in scoring (23.1 ppg), second in rebounding (14.1) and third in blocks (2.4). And no one has dunked more basketballs this season.
Miami might be Dwyane Wade's team, but James is clearly running the show. In his first season since taking his talents to South Beach, James has endured scrutiny and losing streaks to average team highs -- 26.6 points, 51.1 percent shooting and 7.0 assists.
| Dirk Nowitzki
He probably has the least high-caliber help of any star on a 50-win team, and was the lone All-Star from the Mavericks again this season. Nowitzki's true value was felt when he missed a career-high nine games, during which the team went 2-7. He's shooting a career-best 52.1 percent from the floor and 39.6 percent from 3-point territory, while averaging 22.9 points.
It's been a strange season in Tinseltown, but Bryant's greatness can't be denied. He's played in every game despite a slew of nagging injuries and averaged 25.2 points, nearly five assists and better than five rebounds. He powered the team to a major run after the All-Star break before the Lakers limped into the final week.
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