Hollinger's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 2:09 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 John Hollinger's ballot:
| Dwight Howard
I've said my piece already, but I'll regurgitate this: The Magic are third in defensive efficiency and have no good defensive players besides Howard.
Still the best player in the league, although this regular season wasn't nearly as dominant as his past two, and he could have been a better leader.
If you're wondering how I can put two Miami players in the top four when it only has the fourth-best record, the Heat's league-worst supporting cast is my answer.
I had Chris Paul here until he face-planted in Memphis on Sunday. Rose still ranks behind Paul in PER and adjusted plus-minus, believe it or not, and Paul's Hornets have been a spectacularly good crunch-time offense for several years now. But Rose has shouldered a heavier load minutes-wise and has played better in big games.
It gets tight down here. Bryant is identical to Rose in many ways -- absorbing a ginormous Usage Rate, keeping his team rolling without its starting center, and sporting a virtually identical PER. The difference is that the 32-year-old dialed it back to 33.8 minutes a game to keep his wheels fresh for the playoffs. On this ballot, that's what keeps him fifth.
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