Palmer's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 4:22 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 Chris Palmer's ballot:
It's his time. He's the story of the year, and oftentimes when it comes to MVP, that's what counts. Still, trying to find holes in his résumé borders on nitpicking. He's done everything you can ask an MVP to do with grace and humility, including bringing a proud franchise back to life.
James is a victim of his own success. We're not wowed by 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists a night because we've seen him do it before. Career years are what win MVPs, and despite his ridiculous numbers, we're used to them.
Howard drastically changes the floor on the defensive end. He makes opposing offenses one-dimensional, because penetrating when he's in the middle is hardly an option. Add the fact that his offensive game has never been better and Howard is as deserving as anyone.
| Kobe Bryant
Kobe continues to do it, night in and night out. And after 15 years, just when we think we've seen it all, he can still amaze. MVP or not, no player in the league commands more respect from his teammates, peers and coaches.
The league's best scorer continues to make strides in his fourth year and is on his way to becoming the face of the league. I know it's a regular-season award, but I still can't see giving the MVP to a player who's never won a playoff series, so KD's on the outside looking in. For now.
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