Thorpe's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 2:39 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 David Thorpe's ballot:
After an early injury and a slow recovery period on the court, he's been the league's best player. "The Big Three" have had to carry the team with such a bad bench, and he's the guy who stepped forward most when one of the three had to, to save their season.
| Dwight Howard
If anyone is truly irreplaceable, it's Howard. No one commands the paint on both ends of the floor like him, and he alone has pushed this team to the strong seasons they've had of late despite injuries and trades that would have meant disaster without him. Ditto this year.
From October to today, he's been the league's best player. We have to ignore the sideshow and focus on the production, and when we do, he stands alone. We expect so much of him that when he's just spectacular, we're a little disappointed.
The Lakers seemed to be slipping apart, and Kobe's will and production helped them find their groove at the perfect time. He's still such a force on and off the court, and my guess is he's going to have the energy to take his level up a notch as the weather warms. The regular season meant less to him than any other guy on this list.
One of the best stories of the NBA season. Some players are ordained as "the best" long before they deserve the honor, and they rarely deliver. Rose is now for a contender for "league's best" and the leader for a team in line for a title. And he's so humble, which makes him even more fun to root for.
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