Friedell's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 1:31 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 Nick Friedell's ballot:
No player has done more with less this season. When Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah went down it was Rose who kept the Bulls afloat. He has taken over game after game this season and has taken his play, and his team, to a new level.
Best defensive player in the game. If he matures more in the next season or two, he will win this award. Whether he wins it in Orlando or not is another story. ...
James is still the most talented player in the league, in my mind. He is dominant in multiple categories and can seemingly take over whenever he wants. He'll win this award again at some point, despite what he said earlier this season about how playing with Dwyane Wade hurts his chances.
At this point in his career, does Kobe even care about the MVP award? He wants another title and he may get it again this year. He had a great regular season -- but his mind has also been more focused on the postseason and a sixth ring.
| Kevin Durant
The question with Durant isn't if he'll win this award, it's when. The Thunder forward will continue to improve over time and is going to have a couple MVP awards on his mantle by the end of the decade.
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