McMenamin's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 2:27 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 Dave McMenamin's ballot:
Rose's rise has turned Chicago into a legitimate contender for the championship. His Bulls were the No. 1 team in the East in a year when Miami was supposed to own the league, and Rose strapped them on his back to get there. He's the present and future of the league.
Through all the media glare, distractions and overblown expectations the Heat dealt with this season, James is still going to finish the year averaging about 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game, while shooting better than 50 percent from the field. Still the best individual talent in the game.
When the Lakers went 17-1 out of the All-Star break, Bryant was knocking on the door as the top candidate for the award, but a late-season swoon has him settling back to third. Outside of his numbers, his daily approach to the game gives L.A. its championship edge.
Howard still hasn't made the offensive leap we've all been waiting for (shouldn't he be dropping 30 a night?), but his scoring average actually went up nearly five points per game this season. He also has the most impact on defense out of the guys vying for the award.
| Dirk Nowitzki
Thirteen seasons in, Nowitzki shot the highest percentage (.520) of his career this year. The Mavs were 8-3 when he scored 30-plus points.
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