MacMahon's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 1:54 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 Tim MacMahon's ballot:
He's the lone superstar on the East's top team, and the top two players in Rose's supporting cast missed extended periods with injuries. No other player ranks in the top 10 in points and assists.
He'd be the pick if it was based purely on statistics (26.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 7.0 apg). But the Heat's relatively disappointing regular season -- and clutch failures -- keep King James from defending his crown.
Howard continues to be the league's most dominant defensive presence and had the best offensive season of his career. He averaged a career-high 23.1 points per game despite playing with a shoot-first point guard.
| Dirk Nowitzki
The Mavs would be a lottery team without him. That became apparent when they went 2-7 while Nowitzki nursed a sprained knee. With him, they're one of the West's best teams.
If the Lakers would have finished strong and seized the West's top seed, Kobe would have had a strong case to steal the MVP from Rose. But L.A. faded down the stretch and Bryant will finish with his lowest scoring average since 2003-04.
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