Shelburne's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 10:48 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 Ramona Shelburne's ballot:
I'm still at a loss to explain how the Bulls have gotten this good, this fast. Scouts around the league will tell you it's mostly because of the way Tom Thibodeau has got them playing defense. But it's Rose who makes them an elite team.
Probably the most dominant force in the game at both ends of the court right now, Howard probably should get a lot more first-place votes than he will. But it will be hard for him to win it because of Orlando's average season.
The statistics make the case for him: The Mavericks are 34-8 when Nowitzki is in the lineup and just 2-7 when he has sat out. He's also got the best plus/minus ratio in the league (plus-12 per 48 minutes when he's on the court; minus-10.1 when he sits).
| Kobe Bryant
If the Lakers would've passed the Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference, Kobe would've gotten a lot of late-season MVP buzz. Instead the Lakers are staggering to the finish and Bryant will have to settle for a chance at his third Finals MVP award.
He might've been at the top of this list if we had voted at the All-Star break. But the Knicks' second-half fade, and his own tired legs, dropped him out of contention.
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