Stein's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 2:07 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 Marc Stein's ballot:
The load he carried offensively, leadership-wise, through the nearly 60 games combined that Noah and Boozer missed ... Rose has to be the MVP after doing all that for a 60-win team no one saw coming.
For all the issues raised about his free-throw shooting and leadership, Howard did keep a team filled with non-defenders in the top five all season in defensive efficiency while averaging 23 and 14. Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Moses Malone are the only others to hit those benchmarks the past 30 seasons.
Gradually found a way to not only co-exist in the same offense with Dwyane Wade but produce at his usual wrecking-ball levels while generating some positive momentum for the Heat heading into the playoffs. Better season than advertised.
| Dirk Nowitzki
No contending team has to live with a bigger dropoff from its go-to guy to its second scorer than the Mavs. Can't say it better than Doug Collins did earlier this season: If Dirk doesn't play, 55-win Dallas can't win.
Originally intended to put Kobe fourth on my ballot until the Lakers followed up their 17-1 domination coming out of the All-Star break with this stunning five-game losing streak. But he's still good for the fifth slot ... by a hair over Chris Paul's heroics in New Orleans.
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