Lipscomb's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 4:55 PM 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 Keith Lipscomb's ballot:
Entering the season, I wouldn't have pegged the Bulls for the best record in the East, let alone doing it with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah missing a combined 57 games. Their ability to do it says everything about Rose, his maturation and why he's a clear choice for me.
What I love about Kobe is how he plays through injury to lead his team every single night. Never mind his lowest scoring average since '03-04, Bryant's will to win can't be measured statistically.
Despite having to share the spotlight (and the ball), LeBron's on pace for his fourth straight season averaging 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in helping to the lead the Heat to one of the best records in the league.
It was nice to see Howard become a more assertive and consistent scorer, and he led the Magic in just about every category, even steals.
| Kevin Durant
Unlike last season, his numbers dipped pretty much across the board after the All-Star break, but he still warrants a top-five vote for leading the Thunder to a Northwest Division title.
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