Not according to most NBA analyst such as, J.A. Adande, Skip Bayless, Kenny Smith and others have said that Dwyane Wade (I’m paraphrasing here) “does the most to help his team and he has the least to work with than all of the other candidates..”, which is the criteria for earning the award. Even with those statements the same analysts have said that Lebron will win the award. This is would seem strange since these same analyst have a vote in the process. Lebron was the popular choice, but those statements about D. Wade made D. Wade is the right choice. So why didn’t they vote for Wade?
The answer is Politics plain and simple. The NBA wants Lebron to win it and people don’t don’t want to be wrong. But more importantly it provided talking points throughout the playoff all the way to the finals. If the columnist had select Wade, whose Miami Heat team was bounced in the first round of last years playoff, they would have had nothing to hang their collective hats on. This is to take nothing away from what Lebron has done in the 2009-2010 season, he was amazing. However, late in games when the game is on the line Wade’s name has been uttered far more times. Wade at 6′4″ was the leader in four of the five stat categories that matter among all of the candidates. Dwayne Wade had showed up in every single big game for his team… you can’t say the same about the others.
The selection of Dwyane Wade over Lebron James, or Kobe Bryant required guts. Simply put Dwyane Wade had done more than enough to earn the MVP Award, but he can always polish it over Lebron’s house.