Haberstroh's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 10:40 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 Tom Haberstroh's ballot:
No one had more responsibility for his team's success than Howard. We always wanted to see him take his offensive game to the next level, and he responded. Far and away the best defender in the NBA, he's now also an undeniable offensive force.
Remember when people thought he could average a triple-double in Miami? Ridiculous preseason expectations aside, LeBron didn't always flourish in his new surroundings but still put up gaudy numbers. This isn't voter fatigue but an appreciation for Howard.
Rose deserves an array of superlatives for his outstanding season, but "most valuable" is the hardest to justify. Most exciting to watch? Check. Most intriguing story? Most definitely. Most improved? Sure. But collectively the Bulls' defense, coaching and depth were this team's engine, and Rose was at the wheel.
Knowing he'd have to relinquish some of his ballhandling duties this season, Wade did everything to get his hands on the ball elsewhere. At 6-foot-4, he was often the Heat's best rebounder on the floor and best shot-blocker. No guard had a stronger two-way campaign this season.
| Chris Paul
For all the talk about burdens weighing down Howard and Rose's teams, where would the Hornets be without Paul? Answer: floundering in the West basement. He's not shooting as often this season, but everywhere else? Just about as good as he's ever been.
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