Windhorst's 2010-11 MVP ballot
Updated: April 12, 2011, 1:12 PM 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 Brian Windhorst's ballot:
Voters do look for a good story when picking MVP. Without a story, it's just a spreadsheet. Rose is a great story, has had a great regular season and is most deserving.
We've waited for Howard to develop his offensive game for years. He has done it and -- if it weren't for the surprisingly great Bulls -- would be the MVP for it.
James hasn't been great in last-second possessions this season, though in the other 47 minutes he's been as good as in the past two MVP seasons. But that and the underachieving Heat cost him the crown.
| Kobe Bryant
Put up his usual good numbers in reduced minutes as he protected his knee for the postseason. His biggest contribution may have been kicking teammates into gear in the second half.
His numbers are down a little but his value to his team is enormous. He's done it all on a knee that isn't 100 percent.
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