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 Tim Legler's ballot:
Rank Player Comment Derrick Rose
Rose has been dominant from start to finish. Leading the Bulls to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference over Boston and Miami is an incredible feat.
His popularity may have taken a hit but his talent and impact on the game certainly haven't. Playing alongside Wade and Bosh and still putting up numbers is pretty impressive.
The Magic would give up 120 points a night without Howard protecting the paint. He doesn't get more notice for this award because he rarely goes off offensively and the Magic have been in the shadow of the Celts, Heat and Bulls all year.
We take his greatness for granted at times because his game is so precise and methodical now that he doesn't play above the rim as often. But can you imagine where the Lakers would be without him?
He scores so easily it doesn't look like he's exerting himself, but Durant is one of the two or three most unstoppable players in the league. And, quietly, OKC just may be the second-best team in the West right now.
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