Harper's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 2:57 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 first to fifth.
Here is Zach Harper's ballot:
This Bulls team is driven by two things: incredible team defense and Derrick Rose. Both are equally important to this being the best team in the East. Take him away and you're left with the Bucks. Nobody wants to be the Bucks this season.
Everyone hates LeBron and his numbers are down this season. His team hasn't met ridiculous expectations. But through all the pressure, his defense has been game-changing and he's still putting up 26-7-7 (something that's been done only 14 other times in NBA history).
Dwight is easily having the best season of his career and he has kept a really suspect supporting cast on the cusp of mattering in the East. I just have a hard time giving this award to a guy that is a liability at the end of basketball games.
| Dirk Nowitzki
The last couple of weeks have exposed just how questionable this Mavericks team's scoring attack is. Dirk's efficient scoring gives them focus and direction to win games. And he's been a very good team defender too.
| Chris Paul
If we're going to constantly mention the supporting cast that Dwight Howard is dragging to wins, we should really look at Chris Paul's teammates. He keeps everybody in his role and his ball pressure helps set the tone for a very good defensive unit.
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