Granderson's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 5:09 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 LZ Granderson's ballot:
The numbers suggest defense is the main reason for the Bulls' success. But what the numbers don't show is the confidence the squad plays with when Rose is suited up. He just makes everyone around him better and he's as feared a closer as Kobe.
| Dwight Howard
Stan Van Gundy is right: D12's impact is widely overlooked, even though he's second in PER. But Howard used to dominate games without O. Now, he's just scary. The T's -- which bring leadership questions -- are the only reason he's not my top pick.
Despite the team's recent slide, no one would be surprised if the Lakers finished the postseason as champs. That really can't be said as bluntly about any other squad and Kobe's the reason. Still.
The numbers are there (he's No. 1 in PER). But this season, it didn't feel as if he got them when it mattered most -- when teams were chipping away at their big leads, at the end of close games and against top opponents. Still, one look at the Cavs reminds us all just how valuable he truly is.
He's having not just the best season of his career, but the best in franchise history. The fact Kevin Love and Tim Duncan were picked for the All Star Game over him is about his past, not present. Z-Bo is playing smarter and has been putting in work on both ends all season long. That's why the Griz are back in the playoffs.
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