Wallace's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 11:12 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 Michael Wallace's ballot:
Just when the case against him built because of his shooting percentage, superior defensive support and better-than-most-expected supporting cast, Rose showed why he was the engine that drove Chicago to the top of the East. Who's won more, done more in as many areas on as many nights with as many key injury absences as Rose? Case closed.
| Dwight Howard
The best big man in the league is closing in on a historic season by becoming only the sixth player since 1974-75 to average at least 23 points and 14 rebounds. Howard never gets enough credit for what he does. But he's carried the Magic through major trades to another 50-win season.
How do you know when you've reached Jordan status? When the season is spent trying to find a reason not to give you a third consecutive MVP award. LeBron's numbers are on par with his production from the past two seasons in Cleveland. Well, all except one: victories.
Perhaps no player in the field has made a harder charge into consideration in recent weeks than Kobe, especially since the All-Star break. Still, nothing about Bryant's season necessarily jumps out at you. But therein lies his greatness. It's in the year-to-year consistency with which he plays and leads.
The Blazers completely fell apart around him yet again due to injuries. But LaMarcus stepped up with a career season to keep them afloat. He was an All-Star snub who won't get much MVP love either, with Dirk, CP3 or D-Wade rounding out most ballots. But L.A. had a notable run.
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