There have been some in the media and even in the blogs who have had Lebron James’ name of the tip of their fingers ever since the season started. They are even those who feel that Lebron might be the first could be the NBA’s first unanimous pick for MVP. Aside from Lebron James there has been almost no mention of another other candidate for MVP that could possibly win the award this year. The fans don’t get to vote, well the NBA has come up with this gimmick, presented by Kia, which allows fans to vote, with the combined fans’ choice counting for one vote on the official ballot, when Shaquille O’Neal received 1207 votes in 2000, that one vote that the millions of fans cast really doesn’t amount to much. Will Lebron James win the award for a second time, or will someone else steal his thunder?
The results are in…
Lebron James: The Cleveland Cavaliers have the most wins. He is having a dominating season. He is a living breathing highlight. He has been dominate and he captivates every single night.
Knock: For all of his dominance Lebron is not making his teammates better especially All-Star veterans like Antonie Jamison, and Shaq. He is doing himself a disservice by the nightly high fly highlights. It will just make it that much easier to notice when he has lost a step.
Kobe Bryant: The Los Angeles Lakers have the most wins in the west and at times they have looked unbeatable and for those other times there is Number 24 saving the game yet again.
Knock: He can shoot his team into a game just as quickly as he can shoot them out of it. When he is not happy he tends not to pass to wide open teammates.
Dwight Howard: For the Orlando Magic he has been unstoppable in the paint, whether he is throwing down dunks or blocking shots.
Knock: Push him out past 6 or 7 feet and he’s just body count. Shot arsenal and block shot control are his kryptonite.
Kevin Durant: He is a scoring machine and has not been contained in a game yet. He has challenged Lebron all year for the scoring title and he does whatever the team needs to win even if that means not scoring 3o points a night. He has all of the younger players following his lead.
Knock: No edge. How will he respond to the pressure of the big stage?
Stephen Jackson: Not a joke, but because of the famous “Brawl” he may never get an award, but the fact remains that he is equally solid on both ends of the court. In the half court he will guard the smallest guard to the tallest foward equally effectively. He is the glue and the sole reason the Charlotte Bobcats are in the playoffs this year.
Knock: Needs a better publicist.
All of these player deserve the award, but only one will win it. Now remember before you cast your vote, that the MVP award is awarded to the player who is the Most Valuable Player, not the most popular, not the home town favorite. It is awarded to the player that makes his teammates better.
Stephen Jackson wins with 43%
Kevin Durant 21%
Lebron James 14%
These results are very interesting indeed. Now I am glad I included Stephen Jackson in this poll. He does deserve more credit than he has been given maybe this little poll might help.