Not to Be Forgotten…

In one of my previous posts I neglected two superstars from the MVP discussion this year. Although I still believe that Kobe Bryant, now the Masked Mamba still deserves the MVP nod, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul are both more than worthy of at least some if not a plethora of votes.

Durant averaging 28.2 PPG and 7.9 RPG, but has his team on top of the league. The problem that will hurt Durant is the existence of Russell Westbrook. Durant has led his team in points every season since he came into the league in the ’07-’08, and has been at least the MVP of his own team since those years. He has won the Rookie of the Year Award as well as a scoring title, in other words he has been lighting up scoreboards since his first year. This year Durant has been nothing but clutch, sans that Rocket game where no Thunder player could hit water if they fell off boat. The guy is a physical anomaly in the sense that he’s 6’10”, but has the frame of a child. You look at most NBA players these days and they are in shape, but Durant is thin and lanky, which just makes his game that much more remarkable. He won’t be the strongest guy on the court, but he’ll give you as much effort as some who are. In other words, his biggest muscle is the one that counts the most and should earn him an MVP award in his career, his heart.

Lastly, we have Chris Paul, Mr. CP3. Chris Paul begun his beautification of the national scene since stepping onto the court at Wake Forest. After leaving the Hornets this year in a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers A.K.A. Lob City, Paul been placed into a bigger market with more eyes on him and sharing a building with Kobe Bryant and the “Big Brother” Lakers. Paul has led the complete makeover for the formerly nonexistent with 19.7 PPG, 8.3 APG, 3.5 RPG (he’s a 6’0″ Point Guard mind you) as well as 2.3 SPG. Paul can read the court on both sides of the ball better than most if not all in the NBA averaging 2.4 PPG. The Clippers have had many additions to their team this season, but the clear most significant addition has been Paul. They needed a leader, an MVP to take control of the team and help them continue their growth instead of stall as it seemed they may. Paul is the answer for the Clippers, and they will develop into a powerhouse over this year and however long Paul is there for. Paul most likely will not get the majority vote, but his argument will definitely be heard.

Those are my two cents … cash em in if you want!


Repeat Offender or Passing of the Torch?

So now that we are through the halfway mark of the NBA season, or we technically have hit that mark, there are always the question as to who the MVP is to this point? Derrick Rose, deservedly took home last year’s award and it begs the question this year, should he retain his crown? Rose is posting 22.2 PPG, 7.7 APG, and 3.4 RPG, in other words, around the same numbers he put up last year. Rose’s influence on his team, however is what put him above and beyond his competition last year. It seems that Rose continues to carry his team this year as well, however; the team fared well in his absence of 5+ games this year. Which, to the voters, may diminish their view on Rose’s presence or absence with his team. However, Rose is clearly the leader of a team filled with a few high B-Listers, in Boozer, Deng and Noah, and an oft-injured Rip Hamilton way past his prime.

Competitors look like, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and we all know Jeremy Lin’s name will be thrown in there. Kobe is leading the league in scoring, on two bad knees with one wrist and now a broken nose and mild concussion. In other words, “Are you kidding me?” Bryant’s throwing up 28.4 PPG, 4.8 APG, 5.8 RPG, all above his career averages. Now if you look at the Lakers without Kobe, the tale is much different than that of the Bulls without Rose. Both seem to be facilitators on their teams, but Rose’s team is more meshed to play well without him, while the Lakers have their two big men that cannot lead an offense the same way Luol Deng can.

Lebron James’ numbers are ridiculous right now averaging 27.4 PPG, 6.8 APG, and 8.1 RPG, this coming from a small forward, or really a point forward. He did most of this without Batman, Dwayne Wade, who is putting up his own numbers of course. The most intriguing and jaw-dropping statistic is that Lebron is shooting 54.7% from the field and 41.3% from beyond the arc. Statistic wise Lebron should be the hands down favorite, however his voters will be swayed because of the team he plays on.

Finally, we have Mr. Lin. No he has not played a full season, but he has taken an 8-15 team and turned them around drastically while inserting energy into an entire city. Without him, the Knicks would have been looking forward to next year and the offseason where they could hope to mesh or find themselves a point guard, one most likely way past his prime. But now the Knicks have a 23 year-old franchise point guard in the making. He saved the team, possibly forfeited some blockbuster trades, and may have saved the coaches job, because of how well he meshes into that system. The argument will be made for Lin, but after all is said and done, it will be Kobe Bryant who finds himself as MVP of the shortened NBA Season in my opinion. The guy is a gamer and is tough as nails as he shows night in and night out.

Those are my two cents … cash them in if you dare!

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