2009 NBA MVP
Who should get the NBA MVP award for 2009?
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I wanted to do this article to see what people think about the MVP race for 2009.
The comparison I will have is between 4 players and as we know those guys are Lebron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and Kobe Bryant.
1. Team Records: Kobe and Lebron have led their teams to the top 2 records in the NBA this year, and deserve to be in this discussion because of their teams achievements so far. Head to head Bron has lost the battle to Kobe so the edge on that one goes to the Black Mamba. CP3’s team has had some ups and downs on the season, but without him we had a chance to see the Hornets break down tremendously. Dwyane Wade on the other hand has had to struggle with bringing in his 15-67 team to a average .500 team this season. If the achievement is based on team records this fight is between Lebron and Kobe. Chris Paul deserves this award if you see how the offense runs through him. If you consider how much a team has turned around from a previous season with one players impact then Flash is the man who deserves this award.
2. Individual Numbers: All of these men are in the top 15 in scoring this season with Wade leading the pack by a narrow margin in the top 5. Wade is also in the top 20 in blocks, while he is a top 10 player in steals, assists, and a lil behind in rebounds. Lebron joins Wade as a top player 10 in assists, and steals while he is in the top 30 in rebounds, and blocks. Chris Paul is a triple double waiting to happen. CP3 can do it all and is in many top categories himself. Kobe in individual statistics lags behind Lebron, Paul, and Wade in nearly every category. If the MVP award came down to straight numbers this award should go to Paul, Lebron or Wade, then again Kobe does play in the team friendly triangle.
3. A different award? This league has a skewed system when it comes to statistics as they can be misleading, and when it comes to individual awards, well maybe they should keep them more individual. If there was a way to take out a star player from a team then this discussion would be easier to make, but since we can’t we would have to base this straight on guessing. Could the Cavs and Lakers make the playoffs without Bron and Kobe? Could the Heat and Hornets win 30 games without Wade or Paul? This arguement right here can start debates that make even presidential candidates go insane.
My Pick: Wade/Paul
Wade is my favorite out of the 4 but biased aside Flash has forced himself into this discussion with his leadership, and play. he has doubled his teams win total from last year, and he doesn’t have a good sidekick (O’neal, Beasley, I DONT THINK SO). Plus he is doing this all with a rookie head coach. Yes it’s not Kobe and Lebron’s fault that they have better players around themselves, but it’s also not Wade’s fault that he has what he has around him. Chris Paul consistently does what he needs to do to make his teammates better to win games. Being the floor general and having everything run through you to get everyone involved is HUGE. Plus this guy can get nearly anywhere he wants with his game.