Blogtable: Real MVP candidates

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

We haven’t asked an MVP question in weeks. So here’s this: How many are REALLY in the running? And, yes, please share the names.

David Aldridge: I rank five MVP candidates every week in The Morning Tip, and we vote for five at the end of the regular season, so let’s say five. This year it’s Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki.

Steve Aschburner: Every week here, in a basement office at Sekou’s Hang Time Hideout, I help pull together the Race To The MVP feature that runs on Fridays. It features 10 MVP candidates, plus another 4-5 honorable mentions who didn’t quite crack the top 10. It’s a great way to stay updated on some of the league’s best players. But there’s a reason the official MVP ballot has space for only five names. Year in, year out, that’s plenty to sort out the actual winners. That goes for this season too, with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Derrick Rose. (By the way, they’re in alphabetical order, not in my preferred MVP order. People gotta drop by The Race on Fridays to get that.)

Fran Blinebury: At the moment, it would seem to be a two-man race at the top between LeBron James and Derrick Rose.  James’ numbers are still better, except in assists and those annoying late-game shots.  Dwight Howard has the stats and the nightly burden of carrying his team to be in the conversation, as does Dirk Nowitzki. Still hard to see either carry the day.  It’s almost sacrilege not to include Kobe Bryant in any top five and if the Lakers make a run to a “three-peat” it will some day be inexplicable that he’s only been named MVP once.

Scott Howard-Cooper: Three — Derrick Rose, LeBron James and Dwight Howard. Dirk Nowitzki, who should be in the conversation, expands the field with a big finish, because there’s still time. Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant will get mentions. But it feels – and there’s obviously no numbers to back this up – like Rose has made his move to the front of the pack. James’ candidacy is definitely hurt by the new focus on Miami’s inability to close.

Shaun Powell: Derrick Rose appears to be the people’s choice, and the credentials are evident: the Bulls have one of the top 5 or 6 records in basketball and his performances, both in quality and quantity, compare with the game’s elite players. Kevin Durant also make a strong case, although he has the benefit of a better No. 2 guy (Westbrook) than Rose. The real question is whether LeBron James’ late-game collapses have destroyed his candidacy? Right now his campaign looks like Gary Hart’s: Nice momentum, then reckless in the stretch run.

John Schuhmann: You could probably say that there’s six: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Derrick Rose. I know the popular choice these days is Rose, but I have a hard time believing he’s most valuable when the Bulls have a below-average offense. That team wins with its defense and Tom Thibodeau is a lot more responsible for the success on that end of the floor than Rose. My MVP pick right now is Dwight Howard, who’s been largely responsible for Orlando’s success on both ends. But I reserve the right to change my mind between now and April 13.

Sekou Smith: Derrick Rose and LeBron James are my frontrunners in what is basically a seven-man race. Manu Ginobili and Paul Pierce are the two names you hear least when the MVP topic is raised. When you consider what their teams have done all season and what they have meant to their teams, I don’t know how you can exclude them. Dwight Howard is having a monster year. Dirk Nowitzki is, too. And Kobe Bryant should always be mentioned when we’re talking MVP. But when we’re talking about the most valuable player to his team (if that is what we’re talking about), Rose is the man.

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  3. rex says:

    Kobe Bryant for MVP!!

  4. gab says:

    MVP’s are not really measured only by stats. It is how they play, even if you have low scoring average but you can score when it matters most, that is an MVP attitude. in short, they should play like Michael Jordan.

  5. gilster says:

    lebron is for sure. so what if he has d wade on his team… with or without other superstars the guy’s stats speak for themselfs. Derrick rose should not be top five. there are better players then him that aren’t getting recognition. how about Kevin love? how many double doubles? or even though i don’t like him but he knows how to ball… Rajon Rondo?? durant over rose, lebron over rose. definelty howard over rose. not taking anything away from rose, but there are players who are averaging better numbers, and still getting the job done. so why d rose? because he is on the bulls.. the bulls are up atop the east because of the X factor in luol deng.. who has really stepped up his game. rose is the same kid from last season.. deng is not, and noah as well. i would not give him the applaud yet.

    sorry folks, the king still holds the throne.

  6. Mauricio says:

    It´s simple..
    KOBE
    he is the MVP, he wins late in june, he makes big shots, he can score being 31 with “no legs”, “no speed”, “no quickness”, and he can score 40, 30, 20+ in a nighlty basis, he makes big shots, he can defend any backourt player in the league. And he has only 1 MVP. LeQuit has 2 and he has never won anything, same as Steve Nash… Should this price be named “MVP” or MVL (most valuable looser)

  7. chanier says:

    the mvp for me is kobe bryant because stave nash have 2 and kobe 1

  8. olan says:

    guys the word mvp means “most valuable player” it means the guy that really help his team wins. its not about
    the stat.if the mvp is all about stats lbj should have won but the heat is only the 3rd seed, derrick rose is the mvp he prove that he can make the bulls win even his team mates have injuries.btw bulls are no.1 on the east:D

  9. Ray says:

    For me it’s between Derrick Rose as he has been a big reason for the Bulls great record this season or Dwight Howard as without him the Magic would struggle to make the playoffs at all. I feel Kevin Durant is 3rd for another strong season and again being the top scorer. LeBron James bid will be diluted with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh along side him but his numbers haven’t dropped much from his Cleveland days. As for Kobe Bryant – The Lakers are easily a playoff team with him anyway but as he’s the American media’s favourite he will get a mention regardless. Dirk Nowitzki has had a good season again but I eliminate him as he always falls apart in the playoffs so shouldn’t get the MVP award. Personally I think they should combine the season MVP and playoff MVP together into just one overall award.

  10. Laker says:

    Pau Gasol, because he doesn’t hog the ball, has good shot percentage

  11. darryl says:

    in a mvp race that’s built on popularity,i have to give the MVP to derrick rose.he is most deserving this year,he’s relentless,literally wills his team to win.kobe does the same but,based on popularity,the majority likes to “switch it up”!as a true fan,kb 24 “4″life…i have come to the reality kb won’t get the nod for MVP probably never again.it’s good to know kb is that good,he tips the scales against the majority like when lbj fans thought he would get all the hardware the last 2 years.you can have the MVP,kobe fans gets the rings,in the end,that’s what counts.

  12. KB24 says:

    i am a big Kobe fan i will admit and i think he is being overlooked this year no question when you look at how much better the lakers are with him on the floor if you look at the +\- stats kobe and his starting 5 are at the top that is no concidence. with that being said another player who should be MVP as well is my man D.Howard that man is doing eveything for is team and his stat lines are crazy. I think these 2 player mean the most for their respective teams.

  13. Dantay Latham says:

    Kobe Is the M.v.p

  14. Viktor says:

    Clear vote: Dirk Nowitzki. Considering what MVP actually means, Dirk should be the legitimate choice for this year’s MVP. His stats are outstanding. Especially the shooting percentages outperform the other candidates (53%/43%/89%)- I mean come on, he is still a 7 footer! Dirk makes the Mavs a serious championship competitor this year. Without him, the Mavs would probably be a <.400 team (take into account the 2-7 record without him). He sacrifced most compared to any other player to make his franchise become better. I am not talking about the money he left behind to make space for new acquisitions. I am talking of the stats. Dirk could easily have +30 games every night. Instead he actively encourages the bench players to get more minutes to become more confident and motivated. That's true leadership. As a result the Mavs are the deepest team in the league. Other players play more for the stats and the individual profile. You can feel the stats-driven play when watching players like James, Wade, Ellis, Love or Melo play. The Heat in contrast are the most unbalanced team in the NBA, also because James and Wade wouldn't want to have their numbers down. Dirk has one big big disadvantage which should be remembered by the voters for MVP. His media position and popularity in the NBA is the worst compared to all other candidates. The reasons are that he is not as spectacular as the other players and he is a European. For those who say that this is not the fact, please be informed that the biggest European newspaper had a big article out last year entitled "Why the Americans don't love Nowitzki". This is quite amazing given the fact that basketball is not a big sport in Germany. Evidence of this phenomenon is also given at the allstar votes. The fact that Dirk is always in MVP talks but simultaneously not even reaches the top 5 PF votes in the West for the allstar game proves his lack of popularity in the USA. In fact, he was never voted a starter since he is in the allstar game, not even in his MVP season! D. Aldrigde even said this season that Dirk should not be in the allstar roster. That last point is very important for this years voting. Despite his weak media position, Dirk is still in the talks of MVP, this should be highly recognized and rewarded by the voters.

  15. Shanizzle says:

    If there was a BBPL award (best basketball player in the league) of course kobe would have like 12 awards…. but mvp is whose valueable to the team!.. LBJ puts up stats… BUT SO DOES WADE… i wouldnt say loosing lebron off the heat would make things that much worse… they almost average the same stats! Rose on the other hand would be a horrible loss for the chicago…. loosing kobe would be the worst thing ever just cause of his leadership and Killer Instinct… BUT u cant measure killer instinct unless he hits gamewinners…. WHICH IS WHY KOBE DESERVED THE MVP LAST YEAR… but unfortunately not this year… but LBJ and wade shouldnt even be mentioned.

  16. LA town says:

    I just want to say that I wish us fan be able to vote for MVP just like the Allstar game, i think the analyst who get to vote should not have the power to vote we the fan make the NBA lets remember that with out us there is no game, I belived that an MVP should be someone that is a winner in all catagory like having a RING, most of this players that are in the race voters jump on the back wagon for one season.

    • LA town says:

      @ Armando J Gonzalez I agrre with you 110% KB is and wiil be the best.
      lets talk about who KB had and has, lets star with Shag after he left KB yes shag won one and only one Ring with Wade after shag left wayne has no ring so there for people to say KB cant win he prove 2 Rings and going on 3. MJ in his early years made the playoffs but no rings until he got PIPPEN = Allstar=HALL OF FAME, PAXTON, CARLWRIGHT=Allstar, RODMAN=Allstar, KERR, HARPER, BJ ARMSTRONG, Charles OAKLEY = Allstar, and still people dont give KB credit that goes for you too all analyst

  17. Kobe Bryant says:

    Kobe is the MVP..Because he is the best player after MJ23!

  18. Will says:

    Dirk Nowitzki is MVP. Without him Mavs are lost. He is having an incredible year and his absence due to injury showed what Dallas would be like without him. Especially the shhoting percentages among the top scorers show his importance. Dirk does not take part in MVP campaigns and is the most humble player in the NBA. Consider that Dirk is the only non-American in the talks and that this might be a big big disadvantage subconsciously.

  19. Jim says:

    Clear vote: Dirk Nowitzki. When considering what MVP actually means, it should be Dirk. Without him, the Mavs are a below .400 team, with him they could become a serious post season contender. His numbers are MVP-like (especially his shooting percentages (52%/43&/90%) this year compared to the other candidates- remember he’s a 7 footer). But what makes him really my fav is that he sacrifices a lot to make the team better, more than any other player in the NBA. I am not talking of the money that he voluntarily gave up to make space for new acquisitions but the stats. Dirk could easily have 30+ games every night- he doesn’t look at stats or tries to improve them like most other players do quite obviously (especially James, Wade, Ellis and Melo). He wants his team mates to become more confident and get more minutes. As a consequence the Mavs have become the deepest team in the league (in contrast the Heat are the most unbalanced team in the NBA). That is what true MVPs are like. Please also consider that Dirk does not get the love from the American audience as he would deserve to. This is because he is not a spectacular player and because he is from Europe. The biggest European newspaper even had an article about that phenomenon a year ago. Another evidence for his lack of popularity in the US is that Dirk is always in MVP talks but in allstar game votings he is not even among the top 5 PF in the West! This biased treatment is often forgotten in the US and should be memorized by the voters.

  20. Armando J Gonzalez says:

    KOBE BRYANT VS MICHAEL JORDAN: KOBE BRYANT IS THE BEST AND HERE IS WHY.

    MAGIC JOHNSON AND THE LAKERS VS LARRY BIRD AND THE CELTICS WAS A TRUE BATTLE. THERE WAS REAL COMPETITION FOR BOTH TEAMS SINCE BOTH BECAME POWERFUL AROUND THE SAME YEARS.

    MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE CHICAGO BULLS VS WHO? JORDAN HAD COMPETITION AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. HOW ABOUT THE END? WAS THERE A TRUE CHALLENGER IN THE WEST IN THOSE TIMES? ANY TEAM THAT HAD 3 ALL-STARS? THE BULLS HAD JORDAN, PIPPEN, RODMAN IN THE LAST THREE-PEAT.

    KOBE BRYANT AND THE LAKERS VS TIM DUNCAN AND THE SPURS
    KOBE BRYANT AND THE LAKERS VS PIERCE, KG, ALLEN, RONDO AND THE CELTICS

    FROM THE BEGINNING OF KOBE BRYANT’S CAREER HE HAD HAD THE CHALLENGE IN HIS OWN CONFERENCE WHICH IS THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS. THE SPURS HAVE 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE LAKERS 5. A TRUE BATTLE FOR THE AGES. THEN TO GO TO THE EAST AND BEAT THE CELTICS WITH 4 ALL-STARS IS QUITE UNBELIEVABLE. I KNOW WHAT CELTICS FANS THINK, WE DIDN’T HAVE PERKINS FOR THE LAST 2 GAMES. ISN’T 4 ALL-STARS ENOUGH??? LAKERS DIDN’T HAVE BYNUM IN 2008 NBA FINALS FOR THE WHOLE SERIES. KOBE HAS ACCOMPLISHED ALL HIS 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH 1 ALL-STAR BY HIS SIDE. LETS NOT FORGET PAU GASOL NEVER WON 1 PLAYOFF GAME WHILE HE WAS IN MEMPHIS.

    KOBE IS THE BEST EVER PERIOD!!!

  21. anonymous says:

    SEASON MVP= MOST VALUABLE PLAYER from the TEAM to finish the SEASON with the BEST RECORD OVER ALL., VOTING for the MVP should only be USED FOR US(FANS, COACHES, ANALYSTS, ETC.) TO CHOOSE WHO AMONG THE PLAYERS OF THE BEST TEAM(OVERALL RECORD FOR THE SEASON) WOULD BE NAMED MVP FOR SEASON. ALL IS FAIR COZ RECORD SHOWS!!!
    FINALS MVP= MOST VALUABLE PLAYER FROM THE TEAM CHAMPION!!!!!-NO BIAS ALL IS FAIR, NO BRAGGING COZ THE REAL MVP SHOWS HIS HEART BY BRINGING HIS TEAM FOR THAT CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!

  22. Armando J Gonzalez says:

    WEST RECORD MARCH 17 AT 12:00PM PST IS:
    543-476 = 0.533%

    EAST RECORD MARCH 17 AT 12:00PM PST IS:
    469-536 = 0.466%

    THE WEST HAS BEEN A TOUGHER CONFERENCE TO PLAY AGAINST FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW.
    SINCE 1999 THE WEST HAS WON 9 CHAMPIONSHIPS WHILE THE EAST ONLY 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS.

    TO BE IN THE TOP THREE TEAMS OF THE WEST IS NOT AN EASY TASK.

    BRYANT AND ROSE SHOULD HAVE THE BATTLE OF MVPS. BRYANT FOR PLAYING IN A STRONGER CONFERENCE AND ROSE FOR HAVING HIS TEAM IN FIRST IN THE EAST.

  23. seriouly? says:

    honestly, because its a complete catastrophy, Kobe should win because he only has 1 MVP, and nash has 2. hes still the best in the league, he will’s guys like Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum who he once criticized to new heights. yea hes at the ladder stages of his 15th NBA season and although hes only 32 thats alot of miles. he’s the most clutch player in the league and his numbers will jump come postseason just like they have in the previous few seasons.

  24. jwest100 says:

    Well first off Kobe should not even be in the conversation…his team would more than suffice without him. I think if the media didn’t set such high expectations on Miami or if LBJ was on any other team in the NBA he’d be the # 1 candidate hands down, he’d still get my vote this year tho.

    Rose will probably end up getting the award but I feel like it be going back to the Steve Nash MVP days as far as criteria for an MVP candidate. I think Jordan and LBJ, are the only 2 players in more recent history to win MVP by not only being the best player in the league but also making their teams better….

    I think Howard is a little too hot and cold with his game to win it…I think KD should actually be more highly considered, he might be the most underrated player in the league.

    Lebron should really get the award tho…yes he is playing with 2 other all stars but there is barely a supporting cast that exists…Wade was playing injured 1st half of the year(since everyone pleads Rose’s case with injured Boozer/Noah) and Bosh is simply overrated. On top of that, when you’re basically throwing a new team together it’s not going to gel and there will be ups and downs, considering these factors Miami has actually done pretty well this season. Bottom line LBJ has been the backbone of Miami and even when he has an off shooting night his presence on the court makes all the difference.

  25. thiv says:

    1 kobe bryant
    2 pau gasol
    3 derekrose

  26. vaughn says:

    my MVP is a toss up for derrick rose for makin his team the no! in the east.
    Lebron for making the heat a much better standing than last year and for being the cavs at the bottom of the standing without him

  27. Kid says:

    I’m a big fan of KB24.. and i’m a LBJ hater.. (there’s nothing to do with the rings).. but this season’s MVP is going to be between LBJ or D-Rose (more probably D-Rose).. based on the stat’s and their performances, and what they had contributed to their respected team (in this Season).. Kobe is not after to that MVP award anymore, what is he after is how he will cement his legacy.. by making to play-offs, finals and eventually winning the title.. LBJ is a what i can a complete player nowadays.. but he has still a long way to run to be considered great as Kobe.. (hope Kobe could reach the Top 5 Scoring List before he retires.. \m/

  28. laker fan 4ever says:

    I think kobe should be MVP he has been consistent the entire year,and i think someone who cries on national t.v after losing 5 games in a row does not qualify MVPin my book.

  29. id7my says:

    i agree with wag the MVP should be for the full year like the balon de oro for fifa it would be better that way players like lebron dont get the MVP then quit on there team just a couple of games after

  30. Ashley M says:

    kobe might have rings but so does the rest of his team. mvp is a single players performance. james or howard mvp

  31. Henrique says:

    I am a Brazilian fan of the NBA and in my opinion has to be the MVP Dirk Nowitzki!
    1 – It is both a player without appeal of television compared to the others and yet is always among the big players.
    2 – It is a player who is fantastic even without buried one of the most complete, has a great shot, good placement on the court, even with its size is a very talented player!
    3 – Because it is less a minor player in the commercial appeal for the group plays more, is not worried about extra field.
    4 – Your media points this season is above 23 points per game (23.04) having played in 56 games and made 1,290 points, he got out of a sequence of nine games through injury (not counting the game he was injured and can not help with your game throughout the match) in another game had to leave early in the game because of injury (leaving in the second quarter) even if we count a match that was also sent off earlier for technical foul.
    5 – The average of the Mav’s this season is 72.31% with the average of Dirk’s Mav rises to 80.36% of wins in the season, and in action in 56 games this season he has contributed to 45 victories and 11 defeats.
    Although some may be listed more series of events to choose Dirk Nowitzki for MVP this season, so I believe is the fairest award this year for Dirk!
    I hope that the vote be made by criteria and see what the best option and should not be seen only by those who have much exposure on television or that emerged this past season.
    I believe Dirk for MVP!!

  32. spurs says:

    D-Rose is the clear MVP for me cause he consistently lead his team and now their no.2 or No3 seed because of his leadership they beat elite teams like miami and los angeles lakers because of D-Rose scoring big and being a clutch performer so maybe 90% it’s D-Rose

  33. Pistol5irg says:

    This should be the year of the German!.shout out to D. Rose and Howard we see ya!!…How is Lebron even in this conversation the Heat 3-6 since the All-star break!

  34. Michael Jordan says:

    You guys have no life, arguing about this stuff all the time! Nothing is going to change no matter what you guys do or say. Go get a life and do something productive and whoever winds the MVP at the end of the year deserves it, simple as that.

  35. ray khouri says:

    Derrick Rose is the best players now.

  36. ray khouri says:

    Definitely Derrick ROSE. The best now.

  37. dwade says:

    wheres DWADE!????

  38. matt says:

    I’m torn between Rose, Howard, and Bryant. Rose is a superstar with two what-should-be-when-healthy reserve all stars (Joakim and Boozer). Howard just has alot of what seems to be really dormant players around him but they could be very very solid. Kobe’s got a good team, but so did Michael Jordan.

    Kobe Bryant is a better player than Derrick Rose, and the rest of the league at that but this is the most valuable player award, not the BEST player award. That is the common mis-conception about the award, MVP =/= Best player.

    However I do feel that the MVP is nothing more than a popularity contest and shouldn’t be awarded until the time between the playoffs end, and the finals start. I mean LeBron James plays great all year only to get eliminated in the second round (real valuable), when you got Kobe Bryant playing like he’s a god all the way to the finals for 3 straight seasons. The playoffs bring out the best in players… Unfortunately they don’t award the MVP like I envision so my regular season mvp goes to Rose.

  39. eDD says:

    People you guys are confusing best player with most valuable player, MVP means that that player will make a team win and basically will not be a contender with out him. When I see names like Kobe and Anthony I’m like WHAT? Players like Dirk, Rose, Howard make much more sense. Seriously, in my opinion Dirk, Rose, and Howard, Just because with out them their teams will not be great and they are on the top 8 teams and I’m with out them these teams might not be in the play off run.

    Kobe fans and James fans stop comparing stats please, because even if their teams don’t have them they still will make the play off easy.

  40. Fraka says:

    I cant believe that nobody is talknig about Dirk Nowitzki. He is the MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, he is dallas. he missed 9 games and they went 2-7, its easy to calculate that dallas would be ahead of San antonio if dirk was healthy.. he is the whole team. Its rose or nowitzki.. I’m sick of Kobe fanboys. I mean MVP, are you kidding me?

  41. andrew sanders says:

    lets just set somthing straight here KOBE has deserved the MVP for the past three seasons and he only got it once. this year he is still the best player and everyone says that he is not as important to his team guess what lakers with kobe=championship without Kobe=1st round playoffs. now some of you might think well he didnt do anything before in the playoffs before pau… lets think about that team smush parker…, kwame brown…. luke walton…. were all in the starting lineup he didnt have anything to work with and i mean anything Kobe is the MVP, is the best player in the world at the moment and deserves the MVP. also remeber that he only plays 33 min. a game right now and he still avg. 25.1 5.2 reb and 4.8 assists so if you want to talk stats imagine if he was still playing 38 39 min a game…

  42. azo says:

    Compare:

    Dirk Nowitzki: 34.1 23.0 6.6 2.5 0.5 0.7 .528 . 426 .880
    Record:47-18

    Derick Rose: 37.7 24.5 4.3 8.1 1.1 0.7 .442 .336 .840
    record:45-18

    Nowitzki is much better in majority of statistics..

    Nowitzki is my MVP

  43. iAMMVP says:

    MVP dont mean crap if you dont get the ring to go with it.. If winning mvp is based on offense defense then might as well let Love win it.. but its not. For real though i think its ROSE for the season. Then kobe for the finals mvp.. lakers and the mamba always bring it during playof time and not one of you can deny that.

    • FACE THE FACTS says:

      1. If your team dont get to the playoffs(or even to a good ranking) u wont get it! Its about winning…

      2. Its about how indespespensable u r for your team in order to achieve that…and all during the reg. season, playoffs is another story!

  44. bballwiz says:

    Finally, someone who understands basketball.. Do you know how hard it is to find one in these comments? I could name a few genuine fans who truly knows what they’re saying. (I know a guy named Gary, he’s okay. And there’s another Kobe fan but he speaks the truth and not just one of those Kobe boot-lickers.)

    Kobe got rings not because of his brilliance and talent alone, but because he’s got big, reliable guys around him that cleans all his garbage whenever he throws those bricks. The other guys on the rosters bails him out most of the time, but still Kobe gets most of the attention. Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a great player; gonna be in the conversation as one of the top 10 players of all time when all is said and done (sorry, not in the top 5.) But he gets so much credit to the success of his team. I guess a lot of fans overlook all those great Lakers role players like Fisher, Fox, Rice, Horry, George, Lue, Richmond, Walton (from the first 3-peat), and those from the present like Odom, Artest, Bynum, Fisher, Ariza, Brown and Farmar. Of course, it helped a lot to win championships with the Diesel at his best looming large at center earlier this decade and the very skilled Gasol of today.

    All those rings won’t be possible without the steady guidance and overall brilliance of the Zen Master Phil Jackson, simply the greatest coach in NBA history.

    With all these elements combine, who wouldn’t win an NBA title? It’ll be a big disgrace if this type of team won’t win it all.

    Now, I’ll give an example how valuable Bryant is to the Lakers. During the ’04 playoffs, the Lakers were stacked with Hall-of-Famer’s like Shaq, Malone, Kobe and Payton. They stampede throughout the playoffs and reached the Finals practically unscathed. At that point, Kobe and Shaq were already having bitter arguments mainly because Kobe wants to get out of O’neal’s big shadow. So during the Finals against Detroit, Kobe decided to take matters in his own hands, frequently demands the ball and shoots the hell out. I was looking at the stats then, and I saw Kobe attempted 30 shots and made like 35% of his shots. Shaq only averaged about 12-15 shot attempts and was making 60% of his attempts. As for Malone and Payton, they were only able to shoot out of a broken play or from a rebound or out of desperation. And the rest is history. Of course, everyone knows who won the series. They were almost swept by the Pistons if not for Kobe’s last-second shot at the left elbow.

    After that, the team literally got dismantled. Kobe got his wish, no Shaq to take away the limelights away from him. Phil quit his job, Malone retired, and Payton was traded. With Kobe as the Lakers’ sole franchise player, he didn’t even make the playoffs the following year. There’s no excuse for him not making the playoffs because he asked for this. He wanted this badly, to have his own team. It’s not an excuse to have a bad supporting cast. Michael Jordan played with a bunch of nobodies before Pippen was drafted and still made the playoffs consistently. He was given a new coach, also a great mentor and a proven winner in Rudy Tomjanovich. But look where Kobe took them in his 3 years as the leader of that squad: 2 first-round exit and one lottery year.

    So, convince me now how valuable Kobe is to his team. Take away Gasol and they’re just an average team, same as the Heat last year with Wade as the only star.

    Kobe is great not because he makes players around him better, but because his greatness comes directly from his great teammates as well. Plus, the coach is just so damn good! That’s why Kobe will never, ever win another MVP again.

    • bballwiz says:

      People keep on ignoring the fact that Kobe’s shooting percentage during clutch situations are horrible (about 25%), compared to guys like Nash, Carmelo, Ginobili, and Nowitzki, whom BTW makes 60% of shots during crunch time. It just so happens that Kobe produces the most noise in the NBA by playing with the Lakers in L.A. Whenever he has made a clutch basket, it’s all over the news, the media, the internet, practically everywhere. Now Ginobili made a lot of game-winners this season but I bet most “fans” here weren’t even aware of that. Same goes with Nowitzki.

      Now all you Kobe boot-lickers out there keep on saying he is unappreciated? That’s just absurd.

      • tvd 14 says:

        every team to win a title has had some big man who dominated the paint (i’ll count ben wallace for the pistons for insane defensive abilities) kobe had shaq and now he has gasol and thats the only reason hes ever even done well in the playoffs. The only exception is MJ himself, which is why he will always be the best to have touched a basketball and that is why kobe will forever be hidden in his shadow

  45. Griffin33 says:

    Dwight Howard by far should be the MVP he is an insane defensive threat and carries the Magic almost everynight, it’s simple they play well when he’s on the floor and other teams have to settle for the outside shot.

  46. gilbert tualla says:

    i know the reason why heat is in the column of lose coz they are not playing with their best, i think this is the strategy of the team, to make sure that the every player are in good health when the the play-off is come, look lebron and dwane, i know they can drive but they like to play outside.

  47. janil says:

    lebron still deserves to be the MVP because if you review all stats of lebron and rose lebron will win the MVP..

  48. bballwiz says:

    Plus, Dirk’s as clutch as Kobe. If you’ll look at the stats of crunch-time shots, Dirk has way better shooting percentage to Kobe. He scores more during the 4th quarter, consistently in the top 5 best 4th quarter scorers in the past decade (averages about 8 points in the 4th). Just goes to show how important his points and impact in the game is.

  49. bballwiz says:

    People keep on missing out on Dirk’s MVP candidacy. He may not have the eye-popping stats or the crazy highlights on youtube, but when it comes to consistency and stability, he’s probably the best in that area. He’s a silent leader, opting not to be in the spotlight. Many have given him credit but keeps on giving credit to his teammates. No one questions his value on the Mavs and in the NBA. And ask any coach in the league who are those players that they make the most adjustments for, they would say Kobe and Dirk. He consistently gets double-teamed because he could score without too much flair and noise. Also, he makes his teammates better just by being on the court. He may not have a great assist average but according to coaches, Dirk is one of the best passers in the game because he recognize how to swing the ball to get the open man. He’s very unselfish and humble, all the while being one of the deadliest scorers of this generation. I remember Shaq once said about Dirk during the ’06 Finals, he would like his kid to imitate Nowitzki’s style of play. That’s how he’s respected around the league.

    I don’t know about you, but if I’m gonna choose a role model that kids nowadays should look up to, I’d go for Dirk. No tatoos, no piercings, no crazy antics on and off the court. Just plain, honest basketball at highest level.

  50. bballwiz says:

    All Kobe boot-lickers out there, y’all running out of things and people to blame for Kobe not winning more than 1 MVP award. Before, it was Shaq having the spotlight on himself. Then it was his teammates for not being able to help him out. Then, it was those MVP winners Nash, Nowitzki and James who you guys said “stole” the award from him. And now you guys blame the media for underrating him and over hyping players like Rose and Lebron. What’s next? Blame Obama? Blame Taliban? Blame the earthquake? Geez.

    Just shut up and learn to watch and appreciate the game. You get a sense of perspective other than worship Kobe all the time.

  51. mark says:

    ROBIN LOPEZ FOR MVP

  52. FACE THE FACTS says:

    My analysis so far:

    Criteria:

    1. MVP:
    …means Most Valuable Player. Literally it should be more about the MVP of a team then skills and showmanship. Leadership and gamewinners also of advantage!

    2. STATS:
    STATS ARE IMPORTANT!!! Its a material world. If you have 10ppg like Rondo it wont work. Except you have 20rpg and 20ast. One should have at least +20ppg and +7something else to be considered. Effciency is also a good stat…

    3. TEAM:
    You should be on a winning Team! If your at the bottom, none really cares if you have 40ppg and 15rpg…your teammates could be just cr..! And to be more direct ive chosen the first 4 of each Conference. Everyone wants a WINNER! It should be an amazing season or not? If you just made the playoffs its hard to be accountable….
    Also if you are on a starstudded team(2+ Allstars). Teams like SAS, BOS or MIA are hard to count as they might have multiple “MVPs” but Im gonna take them into my calculation anyway.

    My List:

    SAS: -they have 3 players at a similar level

    BOS: -same, lot of Allstars

    LAL: -Kobe; not the best stats and even without him LA is just a too good team(incl. Phil)

    MIA: -Lebron; is a candidate. Has the best numbers. And nice to watch. But is on an All-star team…without him they’d still be ok.
    -Dwade; …is not the MVP of his team…

    OKC: -KD; potentially but not the only allstar with big numbers on his team

    ORL: -D12; his best season so far but for a center could have more points. If you compare with some seasons of Chamberlain or Olajuwon…also surrounded by a LOT of good players and they could win a bit more

    DIRK NOWITZKY and DERRICK ROSE are the ‘purest’ candidates! Both on the 2nd best team in their conference(behind teams with no standout player this season) and really MVPs of their teams(as proven this season).

    Simple mathematics!

    Lets calculate on April 13 again…

  53. Mada says:

    i think its ROSE, AMARE & DIRK awesome players carrying their respective team with just a one two punch combo but they still have great ball movement

  54. imaFANtoo says:

    LEBRON is still the MVP!!!even if miami heat had 5 losing streak,you cannot question his basketball skills..so if ever lebron wins the award for the 3rd straight year, all of his haters will hate him even more..ouchhhhhhhhh!!!!!and LEBRON JAMES will rip ur heart out BIG TIME!!!!!!!!

  55. flendorn says:

    Mine are:

    1. Derrick Rose
    2. Bulls #1
    3. Bulls’ point guard
    4. Pick #1 draft 2008.
    5. NBA Rookie of the year 2009.

    And, if u need one more, I could add Skills Challenge Champion 2009.

  56. JAMIE says:

    WHERE IS THE LOVE FOR AMARE KNICKS WERE BIGGEST JOKE LAST YEAR NOW LOOK AT EM

  57. Yosef says:

    Dirk…cause he got the most impact when he was injured….they lost like every game…when he came back…they were soslid as a rock!…or maybe chauncey….

  58. M says:

    Lebron has a very goog statistics, but he is not a MVP candidate for me. Miami has Wade and Bosh too..

  59. Xtian says:

    Kobe remains the King of Basket Ball, love or hate it…. But the truth will set y’all free…. Accept it.

  60. Sai Karanam says:

    Its Kobe Bryant for the MVP. Every one might wondeer that derick rose is leadin his team ti the sucess and caryin his team. Well Derick Rose has Noah, Krover, Deng, and Bozzer. Well Lakers lost Bynuwm for the first half of the season. Kobe led his tem. Pau Gasol is not perfoming up to his level. Artest is n ot making 3′s and not perfonmning good defense. Fisher and oher bech people are not deoing theiir best. And odom is niot consistant and misses too many shots. Kobe is the only one leding his team and also tryin tio involve his team. So thereofre I belive Kobe should be the MVP for this year. Plese give Kobe the mvp. He also led his team to 2 championships.

  61. kc says:

    You can count Howard and Kobe out because their record is worst then last year. Rose game has step up big time from last year and u can tell by the record

  62. Follower says:

    y is Wade not mentioned by the authors at all? he is by far the best Heat player among the 3 Heat players.

    other than the stats, u have to consider performance of the team when the “MVP” is out for the game…

    if Rose is out, % of team to win?
    if Dirk is out, % of team to win?
    if Kobe is out, % of team to win?
    if Lebron / Wade is out, % of team to win?
    if Howard is out, % of team to win?
    if Durant is out, % of team to win?

    i would vote for Howard for this….. furthermore he has good stats comparable to the other top players…

    Kevin Love (record double double), Griffin (record rookie dunks, he is ROFTY anyway) and Kobe (new scoring record)have made NBA history recently too.

    HOWARD for me!!

  63. jesus says:

    1. Duncan
    2. James
    3. Wade
    4. Garnett
    5. Nowitzki
    6. Howard
    7. Bryant
    8. Durant
    9. Rose
    10. Anthony
    thats the real MVP runners…

  64. Lil wayne says:

    voting wise: derrick rose
    stats wise: LeBron james
    dominance wise: dwight howard
    leadership wise: kobe bryant

    but i rather go for either manu ginobilli or tony parker.. they deserve it better than anyone else.

  65. ALL TIME GREATS says:

    Wade is the best guard in the league, Lebron is the best forward, and Dwight Howard is the best center.

    However, Wade and Lebron are having down years statistically so the nod goes to Dwight Howard for MVP.

    Rose is overrated and his numbers are not better than Wade’s despite Wade sharing the ball with King James.

    Dirk is a great player offensively but defensively he is a liability. My choice goes to Dwight Howard!!!!!

    When is the last time a center won the trophy?????????????????

  66. Charles says:

    I think d wade is gona be mvp evrybdy overlooks him and wat he has accomplished these last three seasons being bak frm injury

  67. derrick rose says:

    please vote for kobe

  68. lebron james says:

    im am weak i will not win the mvp kobe in the real person who will win the mvp.

  69. dhabx says:

    kobe bryant takes the MVP spot !

  70. kobe will win the mvp please vote for him

  71. will says:

    YOu people are F’n retarded, Rose is MVP!!!!! ROSE HAS BEEN GREAT all SEASON LONG. kobe has only been playing good for the second half of the season, and he can’t beat the heat and lakers lost to the cavs!!! Lebron had to leave his team for a new team selfish and NOT a leader!!! plus heat are 0-3 vs Bulls & heat are 0-3 vs celtics. D. Howard gets too many techs and has a suspension plus he doesen’t score as much as rose and magic are not in the 2nd seed the bulls are. DERRICK ROSE FOR MVP, ENOUGH SAID.

  72. homer antonio says:

    all of you guys are crazy. dwight howard is the mvp. drose is a great player but who would u rather on your team him or dwight howard

  73. Bobson says:

    1. LEBRON JAMES
    26-8-7 on 50% FG despite having to share the ball with Wade & Bosh, still the highest production in the NBA, still is the #1 PER leader, he plays 4 positions for Miami Heat and is once again at the top in terms of 82games.com clutch stats because CLUTCH is also about rebounds, assists, blocks, steals…. There is nobody in the NBA who has the bigger value and impact to a team than Lebron…. Lebron left the best team (Cavs) and they immediately became the worst team in the NBA, Lebron joined a bad team (Heat) and they are soon to become the best team in the NBA……..

    2. Dwight Howard, career high numbers, ok team success…

    3. Derrick Rose, I know the popular choice these days is Rose, but I have a hard time believing he’s most valuable when the Bulls have a below-average offense. That team wins with its defense and Tom Thibodeau is a lot more responsible for the success on that end of the floor than the 44% FG 24 ppg Derrick Rose………..

    4. Dirk Nowitzki, stellar numbers and high team success…

    5. Kobe Bryant, ok numbers and high team success…

    • tingyman says:

      lebron james CLTCH? where does this come from…. lebron is as clutch as my manhood. he has bricked many shots in the last feewe games. secondly, the fact that the cleveland cavaliers.are a bad team is not so much that they lost lebron james as it is tha they lost mo williams and varejao to injury earlier in he season. and the heat werent a bad team last year… in fact they finished 5th in the conference.. right now they are 3rd in the conference, not so big of an improvement

  74. d.herbz says:

    MVP’s all about the most important player a team has…look at cleveland this year, without Lebron they’re 12-52 & he’s putting the heat in a pretty good spot with 3rd in the east at the moment. Him and the heat have been hated on all season, especially when they lose, but they just had a huge win over the lakers today. I’m not saying Lebrons the best, or that all the other candidates suck compared to him…all I’m saying is that for an importance level, for cleveland to go from 1st to worst in one season without him says alot about how key he is.

  75. Xtian says:

    Well said Waz…

  76. roro says:

    Im a huge lakers fan. But i still know rose is the mvp. kobe will not be the mvp because of the people on his team that help him so much. THREEPEAT!!!!!!!!

  77. Waz says:

    Most Valuable Player

    If you took Kobe away from the Lakers, I’d estimate that Bynum, Gasol, Odum, Artest and Co. would still make a decent unit and make the playoffs. So I give him, maybe a 50/100 (meaning he is 50% of the teams overall value)

    I believe Lebron James has an attitude/maturity issue and I think the Heat would be a better unit without him. Use his salary for more role players and have the duel attack of Wade and Bosh. I would say that their record would be similar without him so I give him 20/100 (1 fifth of the teams value)

    Now, Chicago without Rose would go all the way from a top 5 team to almost non-compettive, so I would rate him a 70.

    Rose for me at this stage.

  78. Dj.Ak says:

    I think Derrick Rose is the league’s MVP so far. Remember that Carlos Boozer has been out for a period of time and so has Joakim Noah. Rose has made his team mates better, even making Luol Deng look like a star at times :-)

  79. rochach says:

    omg? well you, say dwight? sorry his inconsistent, every year they are on top 4 in the east still nothing, they needed hedo back? durant? i say maybe last season he has a case but this season none because westbrook has a beak out year, kobe still on top 5 candidates but he won’t win because they are still the team to beat nothing new. lebron? so if lebron won the mvp, meaning wade and bosh are just supporting cast? they should not be called big 3 on south beach then? rose? he may will the award because from 8 seed they are now 2nd seed, stats are up, carry the team even having injury bug with boozer and noah, hey how about guys from spurs? ginobili or parker can? no one expect them to be this good very early in the season with limited playing time, dirk? hmm, candidate but not mvp, because just like the lakers they are a top team in consecutive years, if only carmelo did not go to ny, i say amare should be on the conversation of mvp!

    mvp
    1. rose
    2. durant
    3. dwight
    4. bryant
    5. nowitzki

    sorry no lebron because he had wade and bosh as his sidekick

  80. Tim says:

    Why does the MVP need to be a closer?
    What if a player never takes or makes shots in the last 2 minutes of the game, but averages 23+pts, 6+ rebs, 4+asts, 2+blocks, 2+steals, great FT% and FG%, and only 2 TOs a game? Also, he’ll contribute 100% on D, and shut down his match-up, and nearly always make the right plays correctly.
    Couldn’t he still be the MVP? If a player helps put the team into the position to win every game and works as a team to secure the win, why is he seen as less MVP material than Kobe.

    I think it should be Dwight. He is unfairly treated by refs because they think he is invincible. He has been fouled more than 600 times this year so far, and 595 have been called by the refs. That’s brutal!! He presence is a hugeee game changing, and opens up so many things for the team.

  81. Dwight says:

    Derrick Rose automatically. You people are slow if you think Kobe is going to get it. Ok kobe is that man but if you look at this year who has had a better performance than Rose. They have swept the Heat 3-0 against them which obviously gives Rose a boost over Lebron. They smacked the spurs which in that game Derrick Rose had 42 points. They also beat the Celtics, Orlando, and the Lakers and also the Mavericks. There is no other player in the league right now that deserves it more than Derrick Rose. He has had a geat year and he has been battling injuries on his team firts Boozer, than Noah than Boozer again. And they are in the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose ability to score when his team needs him to is what makes him MVP over Lebron, Kobe, Durant, and etc.

    • @Bballwhiz
      You have the most brilliant comments I happen to read in this forum…Kobe Should never! never! be voted as MVP. He’s lucky he stole one..To any Kobe Fanatics, did you ever imagined if Kobe played with the cavaliers this season?
      It is fact not fiction that Kobe is not a team player..Banking on your arguments that Kobe has rings? Well, Kobe didn’t worked hard for it but his talented coach and teammates did it for him..Why is it hard for you to accept that the Lakers is made up of TALENTED BIGMEN which Kobe exploits at his advantage..On the other hand, it was the thing that Lebron was Deprived of.

      Take a look at the most recent championship game 7 which the Lakers had won? It wasn’t Kobe who won the game!
      It was the effort of Pau, Fisher and Artest who won for them. Kobe had blown lots of poor shots (ALA MJ shots) but due to Lakers dominance in rebounding they neutralized the Celtics. No matter how Kobe will try. He always end up secondrate or even thirdrate trying hard copy cat of MJ..

      Kobe is the Ugly and Bad shadow of god MJ.

      • bballwiz says:

        Finally, someone who understands basketball.. Do you know how hard it is to find one in these comments? I could name a few genuine fans who truly knows what they’re saying. (I know a guy named Gary, he’s okay. And there’s another Kobe fan but he speaks the truth and not just one of those Kobe boot-lickers.)

        Kobe got rings not because of his brilliance and talent alone, but because he’s got big, reliable guys around him that cleans all his garbage whenever he throws those bricks. The other guys on the rosters bails him out most of the time, but still Kobe gets most of the attention. Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a great player; gonna be in the conversation as one of the top 10 players of all time when all is said and done (sorry, not in the top 5.) But he gets so much credit to the success of his team. I guess a lot of fans overlook all those great Lakers role players like Fisher, Fox, Rice, Horry, George, Lue, Richmond, Walton (from the first 3-peat), and those from the present like Odom, Artest, Bynum, Fisher, Ariza, Brown and Farmar. Of course, it helped a lot to win championships with the Diesel at his best looming large at center earlier this decade and the very skilled Gasol of today.

        All those rings won’t be possible without the steady guidance and brilliant tactician of Phil Jackson, simply the greatest coach in NBA history.

        With all these elements combine, who wouldn’t win an NBA title? It’ll be a big disgrace if this type of team won’t win it all.

        Now, I’ll give an example how valuable Bryant is to the Lakers. During the ’04 playoffs, the Lakers were stacked with Hall-of-Famer’s like Shaq, Malone, Kobe and Payton. They stampede throughout the playoffs and reached the Finals practically unscathed. At that point, Kobe and Shaq were already having bitter arguments mainly because Kobe wants to get out of O’neal’s big shadow. So during the Finals against Detroit, Kobe decided to take matters in his own hands, frequently demands the ball and shoots the hell out. I was looking at the stats then, and I saw Kobe attempted 30 shots and made like 35% of his shots. Shaq only averaged about 12-15 shot attempts and was making 60% of his attempts. As for Malone and Payton, they were only able to shoot out of a broken play or from a rebound or out of desperation. And the rest is history. Of course, everyone knows who won the series. They were almost swept by the Pistons if not for Kobe’s last-second shot at the left elbow.

        After that, the team literally got dismantled. Kobe got his wish, no Shaq to take away the limelights away from him. Phil quit his job, Malone retired, and Payton was traded. With Kobe as the Lakers’ sole franchise player, he didn’t even make the playoffs the following year. There’s no excuse for him not making the playoffs because he asked for this. He wanted this badly, to have his own team. It’s not an excuse to have a bad supporting cast. Michael Jordan played with a bunch of nobodies before Pippen was drafted and still made the playoffs consistently. He was given a new coach, also a great mentor and a proven winner in Rudy Tomjanovich. But look where Kobe took them in his 3 years as the leader of that squad: 2 first-round exit and one lottery year.

        So, convince me now how valuable Kobe is to his team. Take away Gasol and they’re just an average team, same as the Heat last year with Wade as the only star.

        Kobe is great not because he makes players around him better, but because his greatness comes directly from his great teammates as well. Plus, the coach is just so damn good! That’s why Kobe will never, ever win another MVP again.

  82. ARY says:

    DWIGHT HOWARD, DWAYNE WADE, LEBRON JAMES, AMARE STOUDEMIRE, OR DERRIK ROSE!!!!!THEY ARE THE GREAT PLAYERS

  83. royston says:

    lebron for mvp…mimi heat strikes again…!!!!

  84. Luis says:

    KOBE BRYANT(THE BLACK MAMBA)hes the true mvp you should count the championships to

  85. Xtian says:

    Thnx 2 all my Kobe fans, u’ve all chosen the true & undoubtedly the best & hardest working player alive… To all the up coming young stars, plz look up to Kobe & b thankful that u r here to witness at work. Pay no mind to these liars & blind LBJ’s maniacs, they’re just as soft as him… Deny Kobe all his well earned MVP’s, but none of them will ever achieve what he has achieved…. Go Kobe, keep up the good work!!!!

  86. Non mais says:

    Please stop saying Rose should be MVP without giving more details!!! (and I’m a Bulls fan)
    you’re talking about late game shots from Lebron? But please have a look at what Rose does at the end of tight games!!! He is not a very good money time player.
    Lebron, Kobe and Durant are the most valuable in my opinion.
    I repeat I’m for the Bulls in the playoffs but I cannot admit that Rose is a MVP candidate and I never understand what this fuss is all about. Really cannot understand. I chocke every week when I read your Race to MVP.

  87. D-rose for mvp says:

    d-rose for mvp without him the bulls would suck. if the heat didnt have lebron they would still be good. so would the lakers without kobe.

  88. chiprince2324 says:

    ppl ppl its clear D rose is the MVP if you take him out the chicago line up where are we not in the top three in are conference. who ever said he had a great supporting cast noah and boozer all year must be smoking. boozer got hurt the first part of the season and who carried us DROSE when noah got hurt who carried us DROSE. for all you who say kobe trust me i like kobe i really do its just not his year. For those to say lebron u deserve to sit in a corner he’s nothing but a cry baby who jumped at a chance to play with three of the best players in the league he stole the team from wade who i think still should have came home he has no leadership and is just another case of a good player who wont go anywhere becasue he doesnt have that killer instinct that micheal had or that DROSE has now.Lets be real ppl and give it to the one person who deserves it even the great one said DROSE should get it so if he see’s what everyone in chicago see’s and the world is underratting rite give it to the man he’s a beast

  89. CW42 says:

    Dear NBA Community,

    Alright listen and listen good. I’m very sick and tired of people saying LeBron is MVP. He’s the MVP of the Heat and not the NBA MVP. THE PERSON WHO CONTRIBUTED MOST TO A TEAM’S SUCCESS IS ———– BARON DAVIS. HE’S THE MVP NO DOUBT AND HE WILL HAVE MY VOTE COME THE END OF THE SEASON. LEHHHGOOO CAVS

  90. Swoosh2411 says:

    MVP – simply means Most Valuable Player…. only two i could think off. KOBE and ROSE….i go for KOBE… put him away with LA.. for sure LA won’t win in the playoffs…thats valuable he his. He’s the MOST CONSISTENT with the Lakers these season he lashes his teammates day in day out, a leader and competitor…on the STATISTICS it cant shown the INTANGIBLE’s he gives to the whole team.. these what MAKES HIM THE REAL MVP… common voters you can love or hate him.. BUT its undeniable ..we know what KOBE brings to Lakers and NBA… Lebron? take him away with Miami theres still Dwayne.. so he is not much valuable as it is.. as for ROSE he’s getting there but he has not yet proven in the come playoffs…. SO KOBE ALL THE WAY…….

  91. bballwiz says:

    I agree, Rose is a bit overrated. Whenever I see Rose play, I see a guy who’s trying too hard to be a great player but he’s not. Not yet. He’s not a pure point guard like CP3 and D-Will. He’s not even a great passer like Steve Nash or Jason Kidd. When it comes to point guard skills, he’s not even the best at his position. What edge he has among others is his speed and quickness. And he improved his decision-making a bit. That’s about it.

    I believe the Bulls are winning because of the steady hands of their coach. He should have the biggest credit of the Bulls’ success because Rose was with the team last year with almost the same line up except for Boozer, which is not such a big deal because of all the injuries he suffered, but were not considered an elite team. It’s the coach that makes the team among the best.

  92. BULLS! says:

    Well think about it give it a second all the candidates are doing pretty decent at the moment in my mind the MVP will be Derrick Rose look at it he helped the bulls when boozer was injured half a month and noah was injured for a month and he averages 24 points each game and the rest of the teams have bigg players but the bulls have the real big 3 NOAH BOOZER ANDD… ROSE!

  93. Gus says:

    My vote will go for D-Rose, he’s amazing this season and he leads the bulls all season long to bring them so high in the standings !
    And I am absolutely against Howard ! Even if I think D-Howard is a really great player but he can’t become MVP this year…
    Why ? Just because of that : Can the MVP lead the league in technical fouls ? I don’t believe it. MVP must show the good exemple for everybody and not the bad with his bad character.
    What do you think about that ?

  94. Gaabo says:

    Kobe Bryant. Im wearing the lakers shirt now! KB RLZ!

  95. bballwiz says:

    Plus, Dirk’s as clutch as Kobe. If you’ll look at the stats of crunch-time shots, Dirk has way better shooting percentage to Kobe. He scores more during the 4th quarter, consistently in the top 5 best 4th quarter scorers in the past decade (averages about 8 points in the 4th). Just goes to show how important his points and impact in the game is.

  96. bballwiz says:

    People keep on missing out on Dirk’s MVP candidacy. He may not have the eye-popping stats or the crazy highlights on youtube, but when it comes to consistency and stability, he’s probably the best in that area. He’s a silent leader, opting not to be in the spotlight. Many have given him credit but keeps on giving credit to his teammates. No one questions his value on the Mavs and in the NBA. And ask any coach in the league who are those players that they make the most adjustments for, they would say Kobe and Dirk. He consistently gets double-teamed because he could score without too much flair and noise. Also, he makes his teammates better just by being on the court. He may not have a great assist average but according to coaches, Dirk is one of the best passers in the game because he recognize how to swing the ball to get the open man. He’s very unselfish and humble, all the while being one of the deadliest scorers of this generation. I remember Shaq once said about Dirk during the ’06 Finals, he would like his kid to imitate Nowitzki’s style of play. That’s how he’s respected around the league.

    I don’t know about you, but if I’m gonna choose a role model that kids nowadays should look up to, I’d go for Dirk. No tatoos, no piercings, no crazy antics on and off the court. Just plain, honest basketball at highest level.

  97. yoh says:

    derrick rose will be mvp in 2010 – 2011 nba season :))

  98. the babe says:

    i think mvp should be thought like this, imagine that team without that player. Lebron won the last two years cause imagine Cleveland without him then, and that’s what you got this year,plus Miami without him still are a playoff team just not a championship team(yet, if they can learn to co exist). Chicago without Rose, and you still have boozer and a couple of other solid players. L.A without Kobe has no soul but are still a good team(Gasol considered one of the best power forwards). Then Oklahoma without KD loses scoring but Westbrook is a machine and they have plenty of young talent.Then Orlando without Dwight would be shocking, he is improving quickly on offence(career high in points this season so far) and his defence his outstanding, plus he doesn’t get credit because he is a center not a flamboyant guard or forward( bar his sick dunks). Thats why he should be the MVP! And just for the point i am a Lebron fan( Dirk is the same as others taking him from Dallas and they still have a good team).

  99. suparsonic says:

    look guys d-rose deserves the mvp award he has beaten miami three times withh noah and boozer ot at different times and im not even from chicago im from aussie. lebron would be second as i thought his stats would just plummet playing with 2 other superstars in dwyane wade and chris bosh but only his scoring has gone down by about 3 per game thats a huge achievmentbut everyone knows that the real mvp should be…… EVAN TURNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. sphinx says:

    my view on the MVP these days, well, within this last decade shows that the winner hasn’t gone on to win a title. so to me, this award is showing lesser importance year-after-year — it’s been repeatative in this way…MVP = no ring, what a strange trend. so if D-Rose gets it then the big chances are he definitely won’t win a title this year — Rose can have the MVP because it doesn’t mean a thing if that MVP recipient can’t go all way!.

  101. kristian says:

    where talking about who’s the real MVP!! derrick rose is at his prime right now thats why bulls are on top hes a contender,, lebron still has good stats but he cant still prove that he can win a championship,, dwight howard is doing great recently but that doesnt mean he can be the mvp,, dirk nowitzki is one of the great contender because of what he does to his team,, then lets talk about kobe,, lets go back to the past if most valuable player is given based on an individual performance kobe should have more MVP’s than CHAMPIONSHIPS coz how many season that he averaged 30 plus points a game and he has the 2nd best scoring in the league 81 points thats what you call a great individual stats but still he wasnt named the MVP y?? because that time everybody says hes selfish thats why.. but still he has the best stats.. and he changed hes no. to 24 and we saw the different kobe bryant he learns to be unselfish and be the leader of his team yet he just win 1 MVP now im really confused of whats the real basis of being an mvp.. you guys are talking about supporting cast of kobe bryant.. who is lamar odom before hes nothing until he went to the lakers,, whos pau gasol before hes good but not as good as he is when he was traded to the lakers,, who is bynum hes no help for the lakers without kobe bryant on the team specially hes always injured.. why is the lakers a good team even without those guys its because they have the best player on the league today KOBE BRYANT.. kobe bryant makes them better because kobe is a leader how many players in this league that can make their teammates better and step up.. there is a player i know before who can do that its MICHAEL JORDAN bulls before has great player because of jordan now tell me if theres more that can do that than those two players who else cam make their teammates better not just one player but the whole team and can win a CHAMPIONSHIP.. now lets go back to present KOBE should be the mvp coz we all know lakers will be the champions again..the MVP can make their team to be on top because when u call urself MVP ur the best player and whos the best player until now its KOBE BRYANT not because of the rings and popularity.. its because KOBE IS KOBE he earned his rings and popularity so stop calling him a man with many rings and starstruck because ITS HARD WORK… PERIOD so think before judging a player coz uve nver experience to be there.. so MVP ITS SHOULD BE KOBE

    • Marissa says:

      first of all derrick rose isnt in his prime yet he still young and developing, he will be in his prime in a couple of years n he will be even better,,,,,,,,,,,,, but anyways mvp is not about last season or the season before that…………………………. mvp is the most valuable player this season and that is derrick rose…………… i’ll admit kobe right now is a better but most valuable to his team right now is derrick rose

      To big!!
      To fast!!
      To strong!!
      To good!!
      MVP=DERRICK ROSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  102. MVP says:

    all you ppl make me laugh LeBron, kobe, Dirk, Rose, Dweight, Kevin are all great. jst think about it Lebron is the best one from all of them. befor he was in the Cavs they were one of the worst team and from the second season he took them to the playoffs its not his fault that he never had a good team will you guys are thinking he has a great team now not really him and dwane make between 60 to 70 pts themselves and the rest of he team barley does anything the bench only make 10 to 15pts a game and the rest of the starters only make 20 or 25 what da hell do you eccpect him to do. he still makes the most points in his team and if Rose gets the mvp he deserves it because he playing amazing as well
    1. Lebron
    2. Rose
    3. Dweight
    4. Kobe
    5. Durant
    6. Dirk

  103. ry says:

    so many ignorant people, only stating reasons why the guy on their team should get MVP lol. Every detail is part of getting MVP, how many wins of course, stats, and those things that help win games that you don’t see on the stats and most importantly……..being consistent and coming through in clutch/needed situations. You might have to watch a Knick game to realize, STAT should most definitely be in the running for MVP………PERIOD.

  104. Brent says:

    Durant or Rose

  105. James normil says:

    its funny how dey mention Dwyane Wade in that category with those guys its just favoritism with the NBA man the harder wade plays the more they dont mention his name in the MVP category so what does he do.

  106. gRiM says:

    even if lebron gets his third mvp…put him down for ZERO rings at the end of this season…so good for lebron if he wants 2 be known as the most valuable player of all time with no rings lol

  107. Ryan says:

    There are really only 2 people that should be able to get the mvp award. Rose or Kobe. Lebron isn’t or shouldn’t be mentioned in the top 5. Lebron has been more costly the the Heat’s success in crunch time than he’s been effective. Rose still has a playoff team without him but they would be a 7th-8th seed. Lakers without Kobe would be a 4th-5th seed. so really it can go either way. Actually considering Rose is in the east I would say Chicago is capable of getting 5th seed without him. Rose is a offensive point guard, yes he can set up teammates but he’s more about scoring. Kobe is the same way. First you have to look at the offensive output for each team by their star player, Kobe is doing more offensively than Rose is. setting up players, Rose has a couple mroe in the assist column BUT chicago offense runs through him. Notice Kobe touches the ball alot, BUT the offense doesn’t run through him completely like chicago does with rose. Defensively, Kobe is all around better defensive player, but the bulls have great team defense like the lakers and rose is decent defensively. All in all it doesnt matter who it goes to between the 2, I still think Kobe is deserving of at least one more because he has been robbed plenty of times. hope the writers take into consideration of which of the 2 is REALLY going to the finals. plain said.

  108. gRiM says:

    kobe 1 time mvp?? queen james 2?? lets be serious hes a choker lol he missed how many critcal shots at the end of the heats games?? lmao TOO MANY…also can some lebron fans answer what he is the king of?? and he ruined wades good rep and made him into an arrogant crybaby too…give the mvp 2 somebody who deserves it like rose, durant, or howard its only fair

  109. serfot says:

    kevin love should be a candidate for te mvp, he is one of the best players in the league, and he leads everybody in rebounds. he is not in the race of the mvp because the timberwolves are a losing team and that is not fear

  110. Noobs says:

    Apparently most of you people that comment can’t type or speak English really well and don’t know much about basketball either. All you Kobe suck ups with your stupid comments.. shows me how little you guys know about basketball. Just because Kobe is the best in the game right.. now doesn’t mean he should win MVP for the SEASON. Do you people understand SEASON ? and the award is given out to the best player .. in the particular season. Yeah.. Kobe is a great player no doubt.. But if your saying he should win based on individual accolades.. then Micheal Jordan should of won every year.. cause he obviously is the best player to ever touch a basketball. Anyway.. so MVP of this season… i would go with Rose or D.Howard as the front runners and probably Lebron should be mentioned obviously..

  111. real champs says:

    i do not care if LBJ win 3 MVP in a row.

    All i care is about if kobe can get his 3 consecutive Final MVP.

    thats the difference between real champ and fake one.

  112. Kobe4eva says:

    It’s pretty simple, it has to be DERRICK ROSE

  113. KOBE SUCKS says:

    LeBron is still scoring at of all those canidates and has similar stats to the years that he won mvp
    but dis year he is playing with two other all stars that are the top 10 in the NBA
    Lebron is really going to work with his trip-dubs
    everyone including barkley said that lebron’s points will be cut in half at mia but assists would rise
    lebron is able to do everything
    unlike kobe that only score 15-20 points in a figure of like 4-19

    • A Sizzle says:

      Stats aint everything man. U should know that by now, what good is it to have all these stats and highlights and losin? Lebron a beast but he aint got nothin to show for it really. When it comes to winnin, its Kobe. And hey, if you had to bet everything you had on one game, which NBA player would you want to win it for u? Be real

  114. I know Dwight howard is the MVP derek rose is a very good player but his supporting cast does not get the credit they deserve a long with there head coach Tom Thibadeau dwight howard is not only averaging 23ppg and 14rpg he is shooting 60% from the field and chipping in with 2bpg. The biggest stat i look at is the 60%fg because that is very efficent and i think that is very important and over looked Derek rose shoots about 44% which is average for a guard i realize it is hard to compare to different positions but i believe Howard is a more rare athlete and more important to his team

  115. Sp says:

    The Chicago Bulls have a middle-of-the-pack offense? So what. Wins on the board – votes for mvp. And the more crappy your team looks when you start picking through it, despite all those wins… the more chance you have to get mvp. Rose has Noah or Boozer. Rarely does he have both firing. Same situation as Miami. Rarely do their big three all fire, and this is why strong teams destroy the Heat. The bulls lose games where they have very aggressive offense to handle. Rose doesn’t have the luxury of Wade backing him up. Or Jason Terry. Or the entire Magic lineup, or Westbrook.

  116. fox kelly says:

    John Schumann ur a dumb ass and i don’t know how u got a job with stupid info like that! nD Rose is a beast on and off the court he even has MVP swagg, DAHH BULLS are clearly one of the hottest teams in the leauge and its because of there most imporved offense. and a damn good coach. Derrick Rose is MVP material if not mvp already, he has tons of leadership, and he is a value to his team, because thats what the mvp does right is lead there team to wins!!John your’re prolly some old bust down baller from the burbs who never made it got lucky as a writer cuz ur good with words! But you do need to check yourself cuz stats don’t lie, and wins and a nba ring is all that matters ya dig! Attitude reflects leadership and Derrick Rose has both. MVP for Derrick Rose and…………STOP HATIN DA KID GOT GAME LIKE EA

    • bballwiz says:

      Yea, that’s why he’s a big-shot writer ‘cos he’s good in spelling words and writing proper English. And that’s why you’re not ‘cos you’re just plain stupid. Haha.

  117. whodat says:

    @Dxfactor

    you said lebron isnt his teams scorer(leads team in scoring), defensive stopper(guards best player in almost every 4th qtr), facilitator(leads team in assists), and closer(although he has failed lately, he has been in the past, and they continue to go to him in those moments)

    so… dumb statement much?

  118. dante says:

    Don’t give us reasons that Kobe should be MVP because of his RINGS.. DUH?! People MVP award is given every year.. Which mean present time don’t put lifetime accomplishments of Kobe in the discussion.. I admit he is the best player in the league right now hands down..but MVP is the one who carries their team.. D Rose or D Howard should get it.. D Rose this guy REVIVED the Bulls which is a lost franchise when MJ left it… Dwight is the one who carries Magic’s OFFENSE and DEFENSE.. Look at Magic’s every possession who is their go to guy? Simple answer its Dwight he is also getting offensive rebounds… In defense who gets the rebounds? Who blocks the ball? Its Howard.. He is carrying them and his teammates are inconsistent but they are still a contender in the east because of Dwight’s presence.. And one thing common guys just because Kobe carried his team right now from a losing streak doesn’t mean its an automatic MVP award if it is the basis Lebron should get it because from 9-8 start he carried the heat for a 19-1 stretch since they returned to Cleveland… MVP is an award for a whole season performance and consistency it is not for just a small stretch or winning streak.. I wouldn’t havev a problem if D Rose or D Howard get it because they truly deserve it..

    • dante says:

      Oh i want to correct something its 21-1 heat stretch so if you are basing the award on how Kobe lift lakers from losing streaks Lebron should get the award because of the 21-1 heat stretch.. but it is not the case.. For me its Rose or Howard who should be the MVP.. This season i think lakers are going for a 3-peat i admit it and kobe is getting the Finals MVP.. he will not let Phil’s last season to go in vain.. But for MVP Rose or Howard for me Hands Down

  119. dante says:

    Don’t give us reasons that Kobe should be MVP because of his RINGS.. DUH?! People MVP award is given every year.. Which mean present time don’t put lifetime accomplishments of Kobe in the discussion.. I admit he is the best player in the league right now hands down..but MVP is the one who carries their team.. D Rose or D Howard should get it.. D Rose this guy REVIVED the Bulls which is a lost franchise when MJ left it… Dwight is the one who carries Magic’s OFFENSE and DEFENSE.. Look at Magic’s every possession who is their go to guy? Simple answer its Dwight he is also getting offensive rebounds… In defense who gets the rebounds? Who blocks the ball? Its Howard.. He is carrying them and his teammates are inconsistent but they are still a contender in the east because of Dwight’s presence.. And one thing common guys just because Kobe carried his team right now from a losing streak doesn’t mean its an automatic MVP award if it is the basis Lebron should get it because from 9-8 start he carried the heat for a 19-1 stretch since they returned to Cleveland… MVP is an award for a whole season performance and consistency it is not for just a small stretch or winning streak..

  120. John the Baptist says:

    Problem with Howard is he does not have the ball at the end of the game. Actually, the Magic avoid giving him the ball because he is miserable at the line

  121. whodat says:

    rings are for the best TEAM. mvp is for the best PLAYER. numbers DON’T lie. LEBRON.

    take away drose, take away dwight, take away kobe, take away dirk, take away durant, etc.

    can you honestly tell me the bulls, magic, lakers, mavs, or thunder would be the WORST team in the league if you took away these guys? NOT A CHANCE.

    for all those who will say well rose averages more assists: THATS HIS JOB. (and it’s not by much)

    for all those who will say well he’s playing along side wade and bosh: wade has been INCONSISTENT, bosh has been NONEXISTENT.

    look at supporting casts, numbers don’t lie there either. miami’s is the worst. chicago’s is pretty good.

    like i said the mvp should go for what it stands for. the most VALUABLE player. by STATS and WORTH.

    CASE CLOSED.

  122. Rafy says:

    Let’s see how Rose plays without Carlos, Kobe moving in the scoring history this year that is something to far to acomplish by a player that most be considering as an MVP candidate! Everytime Kobe does something extreme people get blind! He is the most sensational player in this Era, Not even Lebron can match Kobe determination and hart. kobeeeeeeeeeeee

  123. A.C. says:

    AND MAN, IF U TAKE KOBE OFF THE LAKERS I CANT SEE THEM BEIN BETER THAN PORTLAND, THEY’D BE IN THE SAME HUNT AS PHOENIX, UTAH, AND DENVER.

  124. How could pass by the truth, basketball is math many different way to find the answer but there is only one right answer
    and derrick rose is the right answer for mvp, in all the different angles, requirement and qualifications he he exceeds beyond those and everyone house who has the answer but not the right answer.you have to acknowledge it whether you like him or not, he’s not my favorite player but I have to admit he is our mvp.U can’t deny that ! if so can you?

  125. A.C. says:

    KOBE=MVP. A lot of yall knockin him cuz he got good teammates. That aint his fault, he’s still the man hands down. Wasnt NOBODY tryna give him credit when he took smush parker, brian cook, and chris mihm to the playoffs. And now that he got good teammates he still dont deserve it.. Make up yall mind

  126. nba guy 2011 says:

    As far as mvp for this season, the winner should be rose or Howard and I wouldn’t be mad if Kobe got it cause I feel he is underrated when it comes to season mvp. Rose should get it cause he lead his team to a better season they had last year, and although they have a new good player this year in Broozer, rose still lead the team to alot of wins without a full roster for a lot of the season. Howard could win I feel cause his team had major changes but he stayed solid and I feel more then anybody he truly carries his team, which is really his team’s problem cause its all him and sometimes someone else, without him where would they be. Lebron, as good as his stats are, I feel he didn’t lead his team like rose did and he didn’t carry the heat either. His stats are high because he wills them, as in he controls the ball the most and thus give him the opportunity to get more stats. If he didn’t score the most or assist the most, wade would just pick up the load so miami isnts determined by lebron success. And I feel Kobe could get it cause he is Kobe

  127. Derrick Rose gets my vote for MVP hands down. Not just because i am a chicago fan, but also because i am a Derrick Rose fan, and i have watched him progressively get better over his three years in the league. From winning rookie of the year in 08-09 to becoming a second year all star in 09-10 to becoming a all star starter in 10-11 and a strong MVP case. Dwight Howard is in a close second to him, but if you look at where the Bulls were last season, to where they are this season, originally were not held to as high expectations, the Magic were. The Magic however, were a team who not long ago made it to the finals, and were held to higher expectations than Chicago. The only reason the Bulls with all the early and mid-season injuries are even relevant in the East, no, in the NBA is because of their leader, the point guard Derrick Rose. The Magic are still doing well, but not as what they are capable of doing. So to me the determining factor of the MVP vote boils down to one question; Are you more surprised at the Bulls’ turnaround, or the Magic’s solid, but not “up to par” season
    -Cantrell Marcus

  128. IkeIke says:

    Its a 3 man race. Rose, Howard & Bryant.

    The Bulls have been impressive all year long and with the exception of one collapse against the lowly Raptors, Derrick Rose has been playing at such a superior level night in, night out. Dwight Howard is a force. He’s the quintessential big man that every general manager has dreams of drafting or acquiring by trade. If he’s not in the lineup, the Magic are fighting tooth and nail to get to .500. The Lakers haven’t been as dominant as years past, but they’re the most intelligent team in the league. Their current surge is exactly what teams need to do in sports if you want a shot at a chip. Getting hot at the right time (i.e Green Bay Packers) is key. Kobe Bryant has been instrumental in their success and its no surprise that he’s turned it on at this point in the season.

    Sidenote: As for Lebron, I don’t think anyone in their right mind can hand him the MVP award this year, not without giving it to Wade. That trophy would have to be shared between them. The league’s done it before and it would be nuts if they just gave it to James. Wade has had just as a good a season and is considered the leader of the Heat.

  129. The Dude says:

    It is completely ridiculous that Steve Nash ever won mvp!?!?!? his defense is terrible and his stats in 05′ and 06′ shouldnt even put him in the top 10. Im a celtics fan, but Kobe should have won in 06′ without a doubt.. Its embarrasing to the league that steve nash was ever considered MVP..

    • bballwiz says:

      Remember that Bob McAdoo won an MVP, and he’s not even mentioned anywhere anymore. Allen Iverson is also a terrible defender. But still they managed to snare the award.

      Winning MVP is not about having the best stats or being the most-complete player or being the best player in the world. It’s about a player’s value on his team and his impact to the league as a whole. Steve Nash’s stats is never overwhelming (except the 90/50/40 club of shooting percentages everywhere which only he could do for 4 seasons.) He’s never into stats anyway. He’s always looking to get everyone involve. And in clutch situations, he’s almost as good as Kobe during crunch time. Everyone knows he’s almost nonexistent on defense, but he’s more than make up for that through his playmaking skills. Plus, the guy has a big heart that never quits. Just imagine that Suns team without Nash. Do you see them winning 30 games? I simply doubt it.

      Ask anyone whom they would want to play with, someone like Kobe or a very unselfish guy like Nash? That’s why Nash got 2 MVP’s, one more than Kobe.

    • bballwiz says:

      You speak as if you’re a very good ball player. I bet you’re one of those egoistic guy who wants to score all the points he could so he could be noticed. I bet you never played organized basketball all your life that’s why you don’t know anything about teamwork. Such arrogance. Or just plain stupid.

  130. bballwiz says:

    You guys are VERY FUNNY! And that is why the fans should not be in charge of the MVP voting.

    Everybody mentions Kobe Bryant for MVP this year just because he’s a really great player most of his career. Taking a quote from Charles Barkley referring to the all-star selection, “This is not a Lifetime Achievement Award!” this could also be applied in the MVP argument. Yes, Kobe is a great player. Everyone in the world with a TV knows that already, and nobody could argue about that. But we’re talking about the MVP this year. It is given to the most important player on his team, not the best player in the world. The MVP’s of the past seasons are all very much deserving of the award, Nash twice, Nowitzki once and James twice, because they were the most important players on their respective teams and not necessarily the best player in the league (although you could make an argument about Lebron being the best player in the NBA during his MVP years.) Take away Nash from those Suns team and they would have go down the drain faster than you can run (And that second MVP campaign, Stoudemire was injured for the whole season and had to resort with Diaw as the starting center. See how valuable Nash was?). Same goes for Nowizki, plus that Mavs team had the best record in the league while being 29th in assist per game as a team. And that’s mostly because of Dirk’s brilliant play all season long. As for Lebron, he took the Cavs to the best record in the NBA for 2 straight years basically all by himself while being arguably the best player in the entire league (not necessarily the best during crunch time). And or course, just look how miserably the Cavs now you would understand the value of James on a team.

    Now what about Kobe? He might be the best player of the decade (if there’s such an award, he’ll definitely win it), but those years that he didn’t win the MVP were because those who won them were much valuable and deserving of the award. Simple as that. This doesn’t mean that he is a lesser player than those MVP winners.

    I guess it’s just not the right time for Kobe to win those awards. You can’t have them all. And I bet he is perfectly fine with that. And he won’t trade an MVP trophy for one of his rings. And I’m sure those past MVP winners would trade their awards for a a championship trophy any day. That’s just the way it works.

    So all you people saying Kobe should be the MVP this year better shut up and try to learn basketball and the NBA more. His play this season is not enough for him to earn another MVP award.

  131. SeanA23 says:

    It’s about what you’ve done to ur team THIS YEAR. Kobe is still good but just cause he has 5 rings doesn’t mean he should just be given the award. Period. MVP is definitely Steve Nash. I know every1 is shocked b look. No amare and he is still pulling the suns up. He has MVP numbers on his way to his 4th 50 40 90 season. Nobodys done it more than 2 times, he’s number 6 on all time assists ( achieved this year) and he’s now the greatest free throw shooter ever now ( as of this year)

  132. James>Kobe says:

    LeBron!!

  133. D Rose is my MVP pick as of now, but don’t say that he is the only reason behind their wins. D Rose is D Rose because of Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, and Carlos Boozer. But, I cannot exclude the architect of offense, Coach Tom Thibodeau.
    With that said; in the league right now Lebron Jame is the best player, but, of course, only behinde THE BEST Kobe.
    Someone said, “LeBron James is the second man in the MVP race because his stats are still great, though despite of his failure to close out games.” I disagreed with that state although King Jame is on my MVP List. Because if it is about stats now, then Kevin Love should be the MVP, beasue of his constance.

    Lastly, I have a question: Who is the the most dangerous player in the League?

  134. James>Kobe says:

    LEBRON!!!

  135. SwissO says:

    When you say the words MVP award, it only concerns ONE player. But in order to give that trophy to anybody, we would have look at his global impact on the team… How does his scoring impact his team’s ability to win games? And how does his defense impact his team? And you gotta ask the same question for each and every stat, as well as for non-statistical stuff, such as team chemistry, relationship with his teammates, leadership, or mental toughness. Is there such a player in the NBA right now? There was one in the early days of the league, Wilt the Stilt, and one in the 90′s, named Michael. But enough history… The debate right now is about D Rose, Howard, Kobe, and James (I’m purposly putting Dirk aside, cuz we know he’s not gonna win it). Kobe’s got the mental toughness, the leadership, the clutch, and the fadeaway jumper/ back to the basket game that Jordan had. But he doesnt have the stats other MVP contenters have. James is a shiny player, strong, fast, athletic, big bball IQ, but he doesnt have to mental toughness to go with that. He doesnt have that killer mentality. Same thing for Howard. And now Rose… 3 years in the NBA only, most athletic PG we’ve seen for a while, improving so fast you dont even notice it anymore. Who said his shot was his weakness?? He made more 3p’s than any of the guys up there, and with a correct %. Team leader and all…. To me, he deserves it. Got the talent, the brain and the body to be one of the best at his position.

    • fox kelly says:

      SO TRUE you said it best right there man Derrick Rose work ethic is the best he improved everywhere i dont see what the fuss is all about he’s clearly showing attitude and leadership on the court and off the court as well D Rose mvp hands down! coach Tom should get coach of the year as well

    • kevin says:

      you want a team player who makes his team better? look no further than lamarcus aldrige, numerous times he’s stepped into a leadership role this year. when dre’s record was ruined because the leage shelters blake griffen, aldridge had shirts made and threw a party for dres iron man streak. the team goes out to dinner with eachother without corporate planning. chemistry is at an all time high. the other day in his humility he said gerald wallace for MVP. gerald had 1 good game as a blazer so far, aldrige shows he’s a team man and a beast down low. he plays defense unlike dirk, james, and kobe. he rarely gets a technical foul, he’s a class act. hard work? right after the playoffs he hit the gym with his trainer to prepare for this season, and it shows. L-train for MVP and MIP

  136. No Love? says:

    No love for Kevin Love? I think he deserves a piece of the MVP action.

    • Jesse aka LIKEjayUrock says:

      he aint getting talk because his team doesnt win, but he does deserve a mention

  137. Inzomnia says:

    Why the hell do people think LeBron deserves MVP? If you’re gonna give it to a member of the Heat, you got to co-MVP it, or at least MENTION D-Wade. It’s still his team, LeBron just ignores Spo’s plays and does isolations for himself…

  138. manu or Kobe for MVP says:

    By the definition of the MVP, the best player on the best team gets the MVP award so it either Manu, Kobe , Rondo, Dirk Rose and Dwight these are the true considerations for the MVP.

  139. yanick says:

    Oh and the lakers would have beaten the sun that year as well if it wasn’t for LAMAR ODOM that couldn’t even secure a rebound to end the freakin game. Kobe had 50 plus point in that game, GAME 6 if i remember correctly. Lakers were up by 3 with mere seconds left. Lamar did not secure the rebound consequently Thomas made the 3 pointer, lakers lost. Kobe was spectacular in that game but what do you expect playing with BUMS.

  140. kyle Rush says:

    What are they looking for by the rules for the MVP? is it the person that has the best stats or is it the person who has the biggest effectiveness on there team? or both or more? what deffinds our MVP

  141. jgotti says:

    i believe in my eyes derrick rose should get it his done a terrick job on leading the bulls in the record they got and hes gae is gone of the charts , but to say in the playoff no doght that they will see the heat in the second round in a seven game seris believe me when i say that the bulls cant not win agaist the heat , even thoe they swept the serises in the regular season my in the playoff is a way different story

  142. yanick says:

    @JASON
    You said Kobe didn’t make the playoffs when he won his scoring title???? LMAO, have you forgotten the lakers almost beat the favorite SUNS that year in the playoff? The lakers didn’t make the playoffs in 2005, that was when Shaq left, and Kobe was injured and missed 16 games that year, otherwise they would have made the playoffs that year too. Kobe made the playoffs every single time in the freakin WESTERN CONFERENCE, the best conference by far back then. Yet he made the playoffs with players like KWAME BROWN, SMUSH PARKER, LUKE WALTON in his starting line up, are you kidding me? These people that vote for mvp are retarded. Oh and did i mention he wasn’t even 3rd in the mvp voting that year? lol NBA.

  143. kevin says:

    once again, lamarcus aldrige receives no credit what so ever. snubbed for the all star game, averages double duncan’s numbers.broke numerous team scoring records this year, carried his team when their only all star was injured. has played out of position at center when the centers were out for injury. not a big deal or anything. that’s ok, i cant wait to see your excuses for not giving him finals MVP after he destroys the lakers and celtics to get a ring.

  144. Lets see Kobe only have one regular season MVP it don’t make sense, he has 4 Allstar MVP’s 2 final MVPs. But why only one regular season MVP, Why is that? I got it! I have figure it out this is it, the MVP is voted on by selected group of people and they are Kobe haters who will never vote for Kobe and now they fear kobe will get the final MVP and he just won the Allstar MVP. These people would rather go to the dentist and get a root canal than give Kobe his due honors.

  145. Chicanada goose says:

    DERRICK ROSE RULZZZZ

  146. TheLakerSwami says:

    Kobe “Bean” Bryant deserves the mvp just face it he has lifted the lakers from a 3-game slump(Below .500 Teams) to an 8-0(Above .500 Teams) record after the all-star break not factoring that he never takes a play off & he has helped his team to the finals 3 years running thats not easy to do espically playing in the western conference it seems like he gets snubbed every year lebron & nash have four mvp’s combined but neither one has won when it matters the most (in the playoffs)

    • bballwiz says:

      That’s because it’s a REGULAR SEASON MVP and not Playoff MVP. Don’t be an idiot and face the facts.

  147. Joey Skokna says:

    YEAH D ROSE GETS NO ATTENTiON FROM ANYONE AROUND THE LEAGUE HE DEFINITELY DESERVES MORE ATTENTION AND MVP AWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!

  148. noah says:

    tottally rose
    d-rose all the way

  149. Dxfactor says:

    @ John…John you comment that Kobe could not succeed without great teamates and point to the 2 seasons without Shaq or Gasol as evidence. Let me ask you a few questions John. Please answer as honestly and directly as possible. Don’t dodge any of these questions. Why did Lebron go to Miami? Why did Deron Williams fail in Utah? Why did Dwade agree for Lebron and Bosh to join him in Miami? Why did Carmello go to New York?

    Now answer this question…where are the Lakers starting lineup from 2004-2006. Let me list the members of those rosters: Chris Mihm, Aaron Mckie, Smush Parker, Brian Cook, Kwame Brown, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Laron Profit, Lamar Odom, Jumaine Jones, Stainslav Medvedenko, Chuckie Atkins.

    Now of all these players I just named, none of them have a starting job on any NBA roster in the league today. So let me get this straight, a team that does not have any single player capable of starting on any other NBA roster is supposed to be a championship caliber team because of 1 player? This is puzzling and astonishing to say the least.

    The mere fact that Kobe took this team to the first round of the playoffs is testament to the greatness of his talent. Heck, at least 80 % of that roster are not even in the league today. Please know your facts before spouting stuff like this.

    Kobe is the MVP and has been the best player in the league for as long as I can remember. The fact he has 1 MVP is a shame and a travesty. It discredits the value of such an award. If you cant see that, then I have nothing else to say.

    • bballwiz says:

      You’re either too blind in love with Kobe or just plain stupid. All past winners are well-deserved of the award. And this year, he won’t win the award again simply because this is not a Lifetime Achievement Award. If you’re such a very good analyst, you shouldn’t be writing comments here, you should have an NBA-related job. But you don’t, so stop questioning the MVP awarding.

      Please stop with the Kobe-for-MVP campaign and be a true NBA fan.

      • A Sizzle says:

        Stop hatin ballwiz. U the one who sound biased. Yeah, it aint a lifetime achievement but he ballin. And people takin credit away from him cuz he on a good team. If i had one game to bet my house on, im not bettin on rose, lebron, or howard. Im bettin on Kobe

      • bballwiz says:

        Really? You’ll bet your house on Kobe? HA! Now that’s funny. You’re just saying that ‘cos it will never happen. If you 50 bucks right now, you won’t even have the guts to bet that on Kobe.

        Walk the talk. You’re not man enough. Bet your house… HAHAHA! Really now… You make me sick.

      • Dxfactor says:

        You sir, are making a joke of yourself. By the way, anyone who insults people over the internet has some serious self esteem issues. Plain and simple. I will not descend to your level of baseness. Are you not smart enough to know that you can not change my opinion no matter how LOUDLY YOU TYPE!!!

  150. Dxfactor says:

    @ John…John you comment that Kobe could not succeed with great teamates and point to the 2 seasons without Shaq or Gasol as evidence. Let me ask you a few questions John. Please answer as honestly and directly as possible. Don’t dodge any of these questions. Why did Lebron go to Miami? Why did Deron Williams fail in Utah? Why did Dwade agree for Lebron and Bosh to join him in Miami? Why did Carmello go to New York?

    Now answer this question…where are the Lakers starting lineup from 2004-2006. Let me list the members of those rosters: Chris Mihm, Aaron Mckie, Smush Parker, Brian Cook, Kwame Brown, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Laron Profit, Lamar Odom, Jumaine Jones, Stainslav Medvedenko, Chuckie Atkins.

    Now of all these players I just named, none of them have a starting job on any NBA roster in the league today. So let me get this straight, a team that does not have any single player capable of starting on any other NBA roster is supposed to be a championship caliber team because of 1 player? This is puzzling and astonishing to say the least.

    The mere fact that Kobe took this team to the first round of the playoffs is testament to the greatness of his talent. Heck, at least 80 % of that roster are not even in the league today. Please know your facts before spouting stuff like this.

    Kobe is the MVP and has been the best player in the league for as long as I can remember. The fact he has 1 MVP is a shame and a travesty. It discredits the value of such an award. If you cant see that, then I have nothing else to say.

    • John says:

      First of all, why did you post twice?

      What is your point with your first four questions? All those players did that for the same reason Kobe wanted to leave when he thought he no longer stood a chance at winning with the team he was on. Great players want to win. Kobe was lucky to have Shaq. None of the other players had anybody near as dominant and talented on their team.

      Your second question: “Where is Lamar Odom?” Are you serious? Without him Kobe wouldn’t have his 4th and 5th ring. He is a great player and the only reason he comes off the bench is because the Lakers are STACKED! Don’t forget if Sasha Vujacic didn’t sink the two free throws Kobe would have one less ring.

      Your third question: Lebron, at age 22, took a bunch of role players to the Finals! His teammates sucked. Compare Lebron’s teammates and coach in 2007 to Kobe’s.

      “The mere fact that Kobe took this team to the first round of the playoffs is testament to the greatness of his talent.” LOL. Worse teams have made it to the first round of the playoffs.

      • Dxfactor says:

        @ John… please read my entire post carefully…I asked those questions because you said Kobe could not win without great teamates. Unfortunately, you lost your argument woefully, because no one can win without good to great teamates, and you just proved that with your answer. In your obvious bias, you could not see the fact that with the exception of Lamar Odom, none of those players have a starting job on an NBA team. Lamar is not even a starter, so technically, none of those players are starters merely 4 years later. Get off the Lebron bandwagon for a second and think objectively, Lebron had a 65 win team in Cleveland, yet could not get it done in the playoffs.

        You brag about a fluke finals trip Lebron had in a weak eastern conference against half injured teams. If he was so great, why could he not repeat it in recent years? The team of “role players” he took to the NBA finals won less than 45 games, yet he could not take a team with nearly 70 wins to the finals. Give me a break with the excuses man. Lebron is overrated, and is a manufactured star. Don’t believe the media hype man. Put quality around Kobe and he gets you 2 rings and 3 consecutive trips to the finals. Put quality around Lebron and he takes his talents to south beach, because he does not have the will, desire, leadership or character to step up and lead his team. He took the easy way out.

        Kobe is a 5 time champion, you can whine and complain all you want, but at the end of the day the rings do the talking. You cannot argue with rings man. The man has been to more finals games than Lebron has been to the playoffs. He has played half of his career in the NBA finals. in 14 years, he’s been to 7 NBA finals. If that does not spell greatness, I don’t know what else does. Kobe is the MVP and has always been the MVP of the league. If Kobe retired today, the NBA ratings will be in the toilets, and that is a fact. Lebron, Wade, Rose…none of those guys can do what Kobe has done, and something tells me that deep down inside, you know it.

    • bballwiz says:

      @Dxfactor: You guys are VERY FUNNY! And that is why the fans should not be in charge of the MVP voting. Fans tend to be bias for their idols and favorite players.

      Everybody mentions Kobe Bryant for MVP this year just because he’s a really great player most of his career. Taking a quote from Charles Barkley referring to the all-star selection, “This is not a Lifetime Achievement Award!” this could also be applied in the MVP argument. Yes, Kobe is a great player. Everyone in the world with a TV knows that already, and nobody could argue about that. But we’re talking about the MVP this year. It is given to the most important player on his team, not the best player in the world. The MVP’s of the past seasons are all very much deserving of the award, Nash twice, Nowitzki once and James twice, because they were the most important players on their respective teams and not necessarily the best player in the league (although you could make an argument about Lebron being the best player in the NBA during his MVP years.) Take away Nash from those Suns team and they would have go down the drain faster than you can run (And that second MVP campaign, Stoudemire was injured for the whole season and had to resort with Diaw as the starting center. See how valuable Nash was?). Same goes for Nowizki, plus that Mavs team had the best record in the league while being 29th in assist per game as a team. And that’s mostly because of Dirk’s brilliant play all season long. As for Lebron, he took the Cavs to the best record in the NBA for 2 straight years basically all by himself while being arguably the best player in the entire league (not necessarily the best during crunch time). And or course, just look how miserably the Cavs now you would understand the value of James on a team.

      Now what about Kobe? He might be the best player of the decade (if there’s such an award, he’ll definitely win it), but those years that he didn’t win the MVP were because those who won them were much valuable and deserving of the award. Simple as that. This doesn’t mean that he is a lesser player than those MVP winners.

      I guess it’s just not the right time for Kobe to win those awards. You can’t have them all. And I bet he is perfectly fine with that. And he won’t trade an MVP trophy for one of his rings. And I’m sure those past MVP winners would trade their awards for a a championship trophy any day. That’s just the way it works.

      So all you people saying Kobe should be the MVP this year better shut up and try to learn basketball and the NBA more. His play this season is not enough for him to earn another MVP award.

      • Dxfactor says:

        Bballwiz, If you read my post, you will see I was certainly not commenting on Kobe winning MVP as a lifetime achievement award. I am smarter than that. I am simply saying that Kobe is rarely ever considered with the same criteria as other upstart talents every season. It is absolutely maddening sometimes. I feel like the media shifts the criteria to accomodate everyone else but Kobe. Why is Lebron being considered a front runner when he has two top 5 players on his team? This criteria has been used to discredit Kobe every year since Gasol got to the Lakers. Why is Derrick Rose the runaway favorite for MVP according to the media? What has he done that Kobe did not do last season when Gasol and Bynum were injured for stretches of the season, yet the Lakers finished with the best record in the western conference?

        Last year, Wade had more first place votes for MVP than Kobe despite his team finishing with 10 less wins. His team had a 40+ win season, yet he was 2nd in the ballots. His team won’t have made the playoffs in the western conference yet he finished tops in the ballots. in 2006 when Kobe posted the best statistical season since MJ, he was not even on the ballots because the media claimed an MVP can only come from a 50 win team.

        If you don’t see the obvious bias, it is a shame. Steve Nash has more MVP’s than Kobe. Does that even make sense?
        The Lakers have a better record than the bulls and Kobe is posting similar stats to Rose despite playing 5 less minutes per game. That’s almost half a quarter of playing time, yet Rose is considered the runaway favorite with Lebron a strong contender? Give me a break dude.

    • John from O-town says:

      @Dxfactor LOL, you are too funny. “in your obvious bias”. you’re not bias?!
      “get of Lebron bandwagon”, do you understand what you are saying?
      “Put quality around Kobe and he gets you 2 rings and 3 consecutive trips to the finals. Put quality around Lebron and he takes his talents to south beach”. Again, poor english here. What you are saying is that when you put quality around Lebron he switches team??? When did the Cleveland managment put quality around Lebron? That’s why he left, in seven years they couldn’t find a Scottie Pippen for him. Mo Williams? lol. They couldn’t put quality around him, so Lebron surrounded himself with quality. And it’s been enough to woop your Lakers twice this season!

      And for your constant bragging of Kobe’s rings, we were making an argument for who should be the MVP. So by your logic, Kobe deserves to win the MVP this season because he is a 5 time champ? lol. this is “not a lifetime achievement award.”

      “If Kobe retired today, the NBA ratings will be in the toilets, and that is a fact.” How is that a fact? NBA ratings are the highest they’ve ever been this year because of the Heat and Lebron James joining them. For God sakes, more people watched Lebron’s “Decision” then they did the NBA Finals. YOU ARE CLEARLY DUMB!

      “Lebron, Wade, Rose…none of those guys can do what Kobe has done, and something tells me that deep down inside, you know it.” LOL. Wade has already done what Kobe has done, win with a young Shaq and a legendary coach. Rose hasn’t even got started yet and already you are counting him out. His Chicago Bulls have a better record than your Lakers. LOL, “and something tells me that deep inside you know it” LOL. WHAT IN MY ENTIRE ARGUMENT HAS TOLD YOU THAT DEEP INSIDE I KNOW IT??? You are comical and delusional!

      Dxfactor, it is obvious that you were offended by my original post and even more obvious that you do not know what you are talking about.

      • Dxfactor says:

        @John..The first clear sign to tell you when you are losing an argument is when you notice you are resorting to insults. I presented my post clearly and succintly without a single insult in my post. I did this twice, and because you had no defense, you resorted to calling me names.. Anyway, I refuse to descend to your level of intellect in this situation. I certainly pass on being dumb. My argument for who is the MVP this season still stands. Kobe is the best player on the best team in the league the last 2 years running; a back to back 5 time defending champion playing almost 6 less minutes of basketball in 2011 and posting up identical stats to Lebron and Derrick Rose. These are facts that will make anyone look “dumb” when arguing against it.

        If anyone else was having the season Kobe was having today, they will be the leading candidate for MVP, but alas! We all know Kobe gets treated differently because he is that much better than anyone else. I will admit that Kobe is having a fairly average year by his standards. That right there tells you why he is so great. An average year for Kobe is as good as a stellar year for any of your frontrunners for MVP. Sit and sip on the haterade…The Lakeshow and Kobe are heading for their 3peat. Enjoy your regular season MVP title. Hope it keeps you all warm at night. We’ll parade in June. when the real MVP title is handed out. Hah!! hows that for dumb?

      • John from O-town says:

        Dxfactor. LOL. Do you know that you make me laugh every time you post a reply?

        “The first clear sign to tell you when you are losing an argument is when you notice you are resorting to insults.” I’m losing the argument??? I tore your entire argument into pieces. Now you are crying because I called you dumb? Your arguments are dumb and other people on the forum have come on to tell you so!
        You think you are winning the argument because you refuse to resort to insults???
        All you have to say is the same regurgitated crap about Kobe being a 5 time champ. Again, THIS IS NOT A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD!!! WE ARE ARGUING WHO IS THE MVP THIS SEASON.

        Kobe “posting up identical stats to Lebron”. First of all identical means the exact same, you probably mean ‘similar’, but even so, you are completely wrong and delusional if you think Kobe has put up the same stats as Lebron day in and day out.

        Last year when Kobe missed a few games, his team did BETTER without him. You can’t win the MVP award if that happens. Lebron left Cleveland and they went from having the best record with him to having the worst without him. Your argument (if you still have one) is that Kobe is putting up great numbers this year and he is a 5 time champ, therefore, he should win the MVP award. Other players are putting up better numbers this year and their teams and better records. Not to mention their teams lose games when they are not playing.

        Now, here is the real clear sign that you lost the argument. Talking about how the Lakers will 3peat. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE ARGUMENT OF MVP THIS SEASON??? THAT HASN’T HAPPENED YET AND POSSIBLY WILL NOT EITHER. “hows that for dumb?” So you are smart because you made a prediction that hasn’t come true yet. You couldn’t rebuttal my arguments. It seems that you were wounded by my insult, and if I really did hurt your feelings, then I am sorry, but this is no longer an debate.

  151. CHi TOWN says:

    D ROSE ALL DAY STOP PLAYIN YO SELF

  152. Asensio says:

    LEBRON If the Heat win because of him
    ROSE The best for the moment
    BRYANT Classic it’s kobe

    • Jesse aka LIKEjayUrock says:

      Lol oh ok yea if heat win it will just be LeBron and not DWade or Bosh LOL you a clown, Lebron took himself out of MVP talks when he signed with the HEAT

  153. Fern Rea says:

    What the heck is wrong with these writers? I get the Rose leading the pack but Kobe is either not being mentioned or have him all the way down to 5th or 6th on the list? Are you guys serious.

    -Recent history of the MVP has the criteria as Top 6 to 7 team in the NBA or top ¼:

    Lakers: .708 winning percentage, 5th best record in the NBA and on pace to win 58 games which is 1 more than last year.

    Bulls: .710 winning percentage, 4th in the NBA, ½ a game ahead of the Lakers but also on pace to win 58.

    -How good of a statistical year. I list where they rank amongst guys at their position as that is the only way to be fair. You cant point out the great disparity in Dwight’s rebound and block numbers with a guard just like you cant compare the assist numbers of Rose to Dwight’s.

    Rose: 24.5 ppg at 44.5 FG%, 4.3 rpg (3rd), 8.1 apg (10th), 1.1 spg, 33.6 3pt%, 84.1 FT%
    Bryant: 25.1 ppg at 45.9 FG%, 5.2 rpg (3rd), 4.8 apg (4th), 1.1 spg, 32 3pt%, 82.9 FT%

    The numbers are a wash if not more impressive for Kobe when looking at them logically by position.

    -Making the players around them better – I hate this one because its so subjective. But, lets look at the overall offensive number for the two teams to see if in fact they are making the TEAM better. Their league rank is in parenthesis:

    Bulls: 97.6 ppg (21st), 45.8 FG% (17th), 35.7 3pt% (13th), 21.7 apg (13th)
    Lakers: 101.8 ppg (8th), 46.7 FG% (7th), 35.7 3pt% (13th), 22.1 apg (12th)

    Chicago’s offensive numbers look mediaocre so how exactly is Rose making any of his teammates better?

    I remember Boozer and Brewer looking better in Utah. Korver is about the same.

    Gasol was never as efficient or the rebounder he is now with the Lakers. Odom has never been as efficient. Shannon Brown was barely holding on to a job everywhere else in the league but he looks pretty important now next to Kobe. Barnes looks about the same as everywhere else.

    Supporting Cast: Wash.
    Many say that the Lakers are so stacked around Kobe. Last I checked there is only one all star on that team and he got all but one of them playing next to Kobe. Has it occurred to any of you that maybe that supporting cast looks that good due to a big part of playing along side Kobe? Chicago was picked to be an elite team and a contender to come out of that conference in the preseason due to their amount of talent. Lets line them up:

    Gasol: Boozer…ill take Gasol.
    Bynum: Noah….ill take Noah but its close.
    Odom: Deng….ill take Deng but its close
    Artest or Barnes: Brewer…ill take Brewer
    Fisher: Bogans…ill take Fisher but its close.
    S.Brown: Korver…ill take Korver but its close
    Blake: Watson…ill take Watson

    Roster’s are pretty close to me. At best we can make an arguement either way but its close. The only thing is the perception that the Lakers are SO much better is because they are 2x champs which is in part a result of Kobe’s contributions.

    The media has perpetrated this illusion that Kobe is waaaay down the list and Rose is sooooo far ahead so that there is no way that Kobe can catch up in the last 20 games. It’s a fabrication and the above info exposes their lies.

    • bballwiz says:

      You guys are VERY FUNNY! And that is why the fans should not be in charge of the MVP voting. Fans tend to be bias for their idols and favorite players.

      Everybody mentions Kobe Bryant for MVP this year just because he’s a really great player most of his career. Taking a quote from Charles Barkley referring to the all-star selection, “This is not a Lifetime Achievement Award!” this could also be applied in the MVP argument. Yes, Kobe is a great player. Everyone in the world with a TV knows that already, and nobody could argue about that. But we’re talking about the MVP this year. It is given to the most important player on his team, not the best player in the world. The MVP’s of the past seasons are all very much deserving of the award, Nash twice, Nowitzki once and James twice, because they were the most important players on their respective teams and not necessarily the best player in the league (although you could make an argument about Lebron being the best player in the NBA during his MVP years.) Take away Nash from those Suns team and they would have go down the drain faster than you can run (And that second MVP campaign, Stoudemire was injured for the whole season and had to resort with Diaw as the starting center. See how valuable Nash was?). Same goes for Nowizki, plus that Mavs team had the best record in the league while being 29th in assist per game as a team. And that’s mostly because of Dirk’s brilliant play all season long. As for Lebron, he took the Cavs to the best record in the NBA for 2 straight years basically all by himself while being arguably the best player in the entire league (not necessarily the best during crunch time). And or course, just look how miserably the Cavs now you would understand the value of James on a team.

      Now what about Kobe? He might be the best player of the decade (if there’s such an award, he’ll definitely win it), but those years that he didn’t win the MVP were because those who won them were much valuable and deserving of the award. Simple as that. This doesn’t mean that he is a lesser player than those MVP winners.

      I guess it’s just not the right time for Kobe to win those awards. You can’t have them all. And I bet he is perfectly fine with that. And he won’t trade an MVP trophy for one of his rings. And I’m sure those past MVP winners would trade their awards for a a championship trophy any day. That’s just the way it works.

      So all you people saying Kobe should be the MVP this year better shut up and try to learn basketball and the NBA more. His play this season is not enough for him to earn another MVP award.

  154. law says:

    Carmelo and amare will share MVP

  155. josh geisler says:

    derrick rose or dwight howard

  156. Basit says:

    Kobe should get it, he’s only had 1 in his career.LeBron James just drives in and is a ball hog. derrick rose is amazing and durant, but kobe is the best at clutch and is underated in nba 2k11, he is rated 95 he should be 97 at least. kobe and the lakers are gonna hammer heat tonight. im english.

  157. duro says:

    Mmh… Let me see… Who’s the best player of the best team?

  158. BaseX says:

    The MVP award is given to a player who is most valuable for his team. his team must be great with him on the floor and often sux without him just like lebron last year w/ his cavs. they were a championship contender when he was on the floor, now that they lost him they are one of the worst teams this season. and this is why lebron doesnt deserve the mvp award this year. miami is still a good team without him! so my choice would be dwight howard or derrick rose, in certain points dirkules is also in this category. but neither bryant nor kevin durant are as valuable for their teams like rose, d12 or dirk.
    it will be decided between d12 and rose, depending on which team earns the best record in the east.

    • Fern Rea says:

      You cant prove your point though. You cant take a player off a team and see how they would play. It also wouldnt make sense since an MVP candidate is usually their centerpiece so they would build roles players around him. Of course if you then take out your centerpiece everything else would fall apart.

      Cleveland with Lebron is a perfect example in how they placed energy guys and shooters around Lebron and preched defense as their formula. It worked great as the back to back 60 win seasons will show. The problem is that when playoff time came and Lebron just didnt have enough to carry them over the top, the supporting cast wasnt up for the task of filling in the gaps that Lebron left.

      I hate this arguement with a passion of taking one player off a team and see how bad they are. It is an arguement that cant be placed into action outside of someones imagination.

      • Nate says:

        Yeah, but the topic is Most Valuable Player! You can only go by numbers & stats to a certain point because as we all know stats can be misleading, the rest is up to a person’s collective thoughts as you put. Which player is more Valuable to their team, and helps make their team a better and winning team?

        If I give you the Lakers without Kobe or the Bulls without Rose, which team would you pick to win more games? Certainly the Lakers would be the more obvious choice, that’s why Kobe doesn’t win MVP’s. If I give you the Bulls without Rose or the Heat without James, which team would you pick? Again the Heat right? That’s why IMO Rose or a close second, Howard should get the MVP this year.

  159. GucciManetheG says:

    @Elgin West,

    Kobe is not UNDERRATED. Most people recognized Kobe as the best player in the nba today. People know his worth. The award of MVP measures something different. Kobe’s team is good even without him. Derrick Rose’s team is crap without him. Plain and simple D-rose is more worthy of the MVP. He is more crucial and critical to his team.

  160. Jesse aka LIKEjayUrock says:

    52-12 GINOBILI

  161. bigtodd says:

    D.Rose will win the MVP award easily. The Bulls have the best record against the elite teams in the NBA. Need I say more!!!

  162. Thanzeem Mansoor says:

    You know what? The MVP is an award for the most valuable player. And no one’s been more valuable than Rose. James used to be my favorite player but not now. He got Mvp last two seasons because he was the one that did it all for the Cavs. This year he’s taking care of Heat along with Wade. It’s the same reason none of the Celtics or Spurs get mentioned. They’re all team with 3 or 4 main men. Chicago’s a one man show. He’s carried the team through injuries. Plus the coach’s D is just the strategy, it’s the players who put it into practice. The Bulls being defensive means the players play good defense. Give them credit for that. This is not a “Most Offensive Player’ award. So Rose gets it. Hands down. Howard comes next because Bulls had a better season than Magic and Howard has a slightly better crew than Rose.

  163. Rafy says:

    Rose, Lebron, Howard and Wade needs to beat the west to prove they are MVP. they have poor wining record against the west!
    Kobeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee MVPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

  164. Rafy says:

    Lebron what Miami has worse team record than Cavaliers last year. It is not lebron effort this is about team effort with a star player to win championships. If Kobe please everyone of the Kobe hater he will be another Lebron without rings!

  165. mark says:

    kobe for mvp? wtf LEBRON JAMES is my mvp automatic triple double per game wat can we ask for? 3 time in row king lbj

  166. Rafy says:

    Men! MJ needs to focus in hisown team problems, He can not run his bussiness succesfully! He was a bad baseball player as a management personality. MJ vote for the worst Owner in the league! Has no opinion about MVP race! He needs to get his nose in his team playoff chances or they will be out and replace with Pacers!

  167. Orlando says:

    The MVP= MOST VALUABLE PLAYER to his team or w/e not the who’s got the best averages player, that being said D.ROSE is this years MVP cause if u take him outta the bulls lineup they would prolly be down there with the pistons and cavs. If u take LEBRON outta Miami they would still be prolly a 5-6 seed…

    MVP= D.ROOOOOOOOSEEEE

  168. Ian says:

    If they had MVP for the Best Bust of All-Time, my pick would be Kwame Brown (Stephen A. Smith voice) :)

  169. John says:

    Kobe will never the MVP as long as he has THREE talented big men. I’ve seen Kobe play without the best big man (Shaq at the time) and without the best big MEN (Bynum, Gasol and Odom). He did nothing but score. His team had a mediocre record. His team didn’t make the playoffs or couldn’t make it past the first round. That is NOT an MVP. He will go down in history as a great player that NEEDED the best big men and the greatest coach of all time to win ANYTHING. Without them the only trophies he was capable of getting were to do with how many points he could score.

    • Fern Rea says:

      He took a starting line up of Kwame Brown, Smush Parker (out of the league) and Luke Walton to 45 wins, the 6th best record in the West and a playoff berth.

      So by your accoutns, Magic was not a true MVP because he played with Kareem? He never won a championship without him.

      Gasol, Bynum and Odom are hardly dominant. Odom was an underacheiver until playing along side Kobe, Gasol was nice but not the efficient player and rebounder he is now and Bynum never played without Kobe.

  170. Errr says:

    The MVP award should be given to the person who boosts his team the most, both on offense and defense. It should also recognize what a injury-break would do to the team of the candidate. If your team is losing, then you’re not boosting your team enough to deserve the award. For me, D-Rose & Dirk shines as the most logical picks for MVP this season for the reasons given.

    During Dirk’s injury the Mavs flopped completetly, but came back with fury as Dirk returned – that’s what an MVP-winner does to your team. As for people saying that D-Rose isn’t worthy of the MVP due to their lack of offense – seriously? Defense wins you games, Coach Thib knows this – so does every coach with a ring. Naturally a defensive mentality to the game will hurt your offensive game, but if it’s enough to win you games, then you stick to it – and that’s what the Bulls have done. If the Bulls had been more reckless on defense, I’m certain that D-Rose would rack up more points and assists than he does now.

  171. yung dc says:

    dwayne wade 4 mvpppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

  172. juan salvador says:

    definitely if the bulls continue playing rock solid there’s no doubt that it’s DERRICK ROSE.honorable mention is LEBRON JAMES or maybe DWAYNE WADE adding to the list.that’s all folks!

  173. ogirl18 says:

    KOBE BRYANT SHOULD AND WILL BE THE MVP AT THE END OF THE SEASON AS THE LAKER GO FOR THEIR SECOND THREE PEAT. IF KOBE BRYANT DONT WIN THE MVP AWARD I THINK THAT NO ONE SHOULD WIN.

  174. Tune says:

    Lebron is the MVP……IF ANYBODY ELSE GETS MVP ITS BECUZ YALL IS HATING ON LEBRON……LEBRON PLAYS 40+ MINS A NIGHT…..AND YALL EXPECT HIM TO DO EVERYTHING……HE DID EVERYTHING IN CLEVELAND…..WENT TO DA FINALS AT AGE 22….WITHOUT A SUPPORTING CAST….AND KOBE DAMN SURE SHOULDNT WIN IT BECUZ HE HAS A SUPPORTING CAST…..DERRICK ROSE IS NOTHING MORE BUT HYPE…..LAST YEAR I SWORE I SEEN HIM LOSE 1ST ROUND IN DA PLAYOFFS TO MR.LEBRON JAMES…..
    AND LEBRON IS CARYING A SUPERSTAR TEAM ON HIS SHOULDERS……AND PLEASE DONT SAY ANYTHING BOUT RINGS……KOBE ISNT THE BEST PLAYER EVER IF WE WAS DOING IT BY RINGS BILL RUSSELL IS THE BEST PLAYER EVER……..BUT TALENT WISE LEBRON IS THE BEST PLAYER EVER

  175. A Logical Kobe Fan says:

    @ Vaibahv, that was a little disturbing. It sounded as if you implied that LBJ’s MVP awards are more significant than the Lakers’ recent consecutive titles. Maybe I’m imagining it, or may I read too deep in your comment.

    Regardless, at this point LBJ does not deserve MVP more than Kobe. I agree that Kobe’s first half of the season was somewhat lackluster and will be what truly hurts him in the long run for MVP. LeBronze’s problem is that he has become somewhat delusional. He’s under the impression the Heat is his team and that he’s the leader, problem is he just doesn’t play like it. I don’t think MVP goes to Rose just yet, because Dwight is playing like a man possessed. Dwight could easily make a late push and win MVP. Dwight’s overlooked quite often for MVP and I really don’t know why. The Magic would be nothing without him, not to mention the franchise is built around him. Rose is definitely worthy, but their team record is a reflection of a combination of coaching, defense, and Rose’s strong play, but by no means should that lower Rose’s chances of getting MVP. It’s kind of dumb if a great player is on a great team and has MVP chances lowered because of it. Dirk is unlikely to win it because his team isn’t #1 in the West and his stats don’t pop out like a certain player of the Heat…

    The sad part is, even though by common sense LeBronze should not win MVP, he’s still in the discussion. Something deep inside of me thinks he has a strong chance of stealing MVP, which would just be sickening, unless he managed to win every single remaining game. If Kobe didn’t MVP yet again but won his 6th ring, I couldn’t care less. Maybe it’s a trend; Kobe gets overlooked for MVP honors but still manages to lead the Lakers to the Title. It’s relaxing knowing that Kobe is beginning to embrace the fact that he probably won’t win another MVP award, no matter how well he plays. I’d rather he keep winning rings and bringing glory to LA anyways :)

    • Nate says:

      Lebron is always going to be in the MVP discussion because of what he’s able to do. Make no mistake, if you put Lebron on any team, he will make them a better team. Compare the Cavs from last season to this season, from best record to worst record in one year, point made. If Lebron was playing for the Wolves, they would probably make the playoffs, if not at least a winning record. So I think the last two seasons, Lebron was deserving of his two MVP’s. But this season is a different story as he’s on a team with better players, so even his great stats don’t get the same notice.

      Not to say any less of Kobe who’s always been in the MVP race the past 8yrs or so, which of course he’s arguably probably the best player right now. Again with the same situation with Lebron, because of his supporting cast, it’ll be hard for him to get another MVP award.

    • Jon A. says:

      true!!! the media loves to ride the popular guy..Kobe has been the big brother who kind of like spoils the party of the young kids but was treated irrelevant on who’s the best conversation..

    • bballwiz says:

      You guys are VERY FUNNY! And that is why the fans should not be in charge of the MVP voting.

      Everybody mentions Kobe Bryant for MVP this year just because he’s a really great player most of his career. Taking a quote from Charles Barkley referring to the all-star selection, “This is not a Lifetime Achievement Award!” this could also be applied in the MVP argument. Yes, Kobe is a great player. Everyone in the world with a TV knows that already, and nobody could argue about that. But we’re talking about the MVP this year. It is given to the most important player on his team, not the best player in the world. The MVP’s of the past seasons are all very much deserving of the award, Nash twice, Nowitzki once and James twice, because they were the most important players on their respective teams and not necessarily the best player in the league (although you could make an argument about Lebron being the best player in the NBA during his MVP years.) Take away Nash from those Suns team and they would have go down the drain faster than you can run (And that second MVP campaign, Stoudemire was injured for the whole season and had to resort with Diaw as the starting center. See how valuable Nash was?). Same goes for Nowizki, plus that Mavs team had the best record in the league while being 29th in assist per game as a team. And that’s mostly because of Dirk’s brilliant play all season long. As for Lebron, he took the Cavs to the best record in the NBA for 2 straight years basically all by himself while being arguably the best player in the entire league (not necessarily the best during crunch time). And or course, just look how miserably the Cavs now you would understand the value of James on a team.

      Now what about Kobe? He might be the best player of the decade (if there’s such an award, he’ll definitely win it), but those years that he didn’t win the MVP were because those who won them were much valuable and deserving of the award. Simple as that. This doesn’t mean that he is a lesser player than those MVP winners.

      I guess it’s just not the right time for Kobe to win those awards. You can’t have them all. And I bet he is perfectly fine with that. And he won’t trade an MVP trophy for one of his rings. And I’m sure those past MVP winners would trade their awards for a a championship trophy any day. That’s just the way it works.

      So all you people saying Kobe should be the MVP this year better shut up and try to learn basketball and the NBA more. His play this season is not enough for him to earn another MVP award. But he’ll be among the best ever regardless of MVP trophies.

  176. Rellway says:

    Kobe is the MVP. Dont look at the numbers. The Lakers win because Kobe makes his teammates better. He push them to play at a higher level. He is sacrificing statistics and numbers so his teammates will gain confidence. He can ball hog, score at will if he wants… But you can’t win that way… You need to be a decoy sometimes… Defer to your other teammates.

    If you base it on stats. Lebron is the ball hog. People with a lot of assists and he is not a point guard – it means he always gets to hold and dribble the ball. You can’t have high assists total if you don’t ballhog and ask for the ball all the time.

    MVP’s should be percentage stats and numbers, percentage votes, percentage clutch, percentage leadership, percentage strategy, percentage popularity.

    And must be chosen only after winning the conference championship.

    • Nate says:

      The Lakers will win because of Kobe, last time I checked before Gasol came to Lakerville, Kobe could barely get his team into a playoff spot and couldn’t get his Lakers pass the first round of playoffs.

      • bballwiz says:

        Agree to that. He failed to lift his team to the top and barely made the playoffs without any great big man and a brilliant coach to help him.

  177. sp4rk says:

    speaking of MUTOMBO, he’s my all time favorite center….noah at the present…still scalabrine for MVP \m/

  178. vfrakie says:

    Kobe Bryant will not be MVP.. simple as that. The MVP race.. apparently is a Numbers Race, where individual stats matter the most. What Kobe should be mentioned for is his unprecedented basketball IQ, unselfishness and his leadership skills that go well with LAL coach Phil Jackson. He is obviously a great leader who doesn’t need to put up big numbers to win. Instead he makes it a team effort. Derrick Rose is my pick for his individual stats and amazing performances. But, there should be a recognition for people who make an effort as players to effectively encourage his teammates to play well. This is why the Lakers don’t need a self-proclaimed Big Three. They need that kind of great leader. That is what makes LAL dangerous. This is something other teams need to have to be a scary but underrated “Low-Stat threat” like the Lakers. I wil say that Kobe has a tendency to be a ballhog. But when you are a great player and nothing is working mid-game, what are you supposed to do?

  179. Rafy says:

    Yeap! everyone is talking about Kobe’s help! What about when he was alone and they reach the playoff without Gazol, Bynum. They took the MVP from him because he is jus a badboy but he is a legit MVP all seasons! First three rings was because Shaq and now three more because Odom, Gazol? C’mon numbers talk! He prove it at the All star game! He is the best!

  180. LebRON says:

    Lebron is the best ever… he is the mvp, even if he doesnt get the award everyone knows he is the best player that can do everything. LEBRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the only reason he might not get the mvp award is because so many people are scared of him and how good he is so they wont vote for him.. Lebron for mvp. lebron for king!! Lebron is God..

  181. Some Guy says:

    A lot of u sound dumb. Lebron should not win it due to him having the 2nd best player in the league on his team. The Heat are also 1-9 against teams above .700, and Lebron’s FGs in tha last 5 seconds of a game is 1-10? Kobe is having a good season, but the slump in the first half of the season kind of hurt him. U should give the MVP to somebody who’s winning, putting up incredible numbers, and have the best record(out of the candidates) against the top 5 teams in the league. D. Rose for MVP

  182. Rafy says:

    Hey guys! Just compare Kobe stats vs. Rose. By the way Rose has a lot of help from his team now, compares him from last year 50/50 what was Rose stats? Hum now with Noah, Boozer and Deng they are doing awesome! Yeah right! Kobe stats are better than him in three categories out of five! Besides all that the west owns the east, the Bulls just playing well but we will see who will be the Champs at the end! Kobe MVP! They robe Kobe MVP so many times one more time will not affect him! Numbers talks! I know none of the mention MVP will surpass Kobe Stats. The way they play risky moves endangered the milestone to reach KOBE

  183. D_Mula310 says:

    I am a lakers fan but Derick Rose has my vote to be MVP. He even got Michael Jordans vote. If Lebron gets it again something is wrong with the NBA. Don’t get me wrong is a good but not great. Derick Rose -MVP
    Kobe Bryant – Finals MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  184. stupid ass people….VAN DAMME FOR MVP

  185. Maura says:

    Kobe is disqualified to be in MVP race. Imagine he has Pau, Lamar, Bynum, etc. He doesn’t carry all the offense and defense of the floppers. Sorry guys.

    • Jon A. says:

      not a valid point.. then you should take Lebron out too, he has Wade and Bosh who by the way are elite players who cant even get their act straight.Derrick Rose, im fine with him winning the MVP.

  186. Cameron says:

    Right I understand MVP is for the most valuable player of the team, and this year for sure it has to be kobe! That dude has litearally pulled this team out of the mini slump they were in and has got them playing excellent basketball. Bottom line, lakers would be nothing without him. Give the guy an MVP for a score breaking year.

  187. sp4rk says:

    scalabrine for MVP!!! no more talks….

  188. Crazyguy says:

    1. D ROSE
    2. L JAMES
    3. D NOWITZKI
    4. K BRYANT
    5. D HOWARD

    TOP 5 CANDIDATES FOR MVP… FOR REAL..

  189. Vaibhav says:

    Everyone who says the Heat isn’t winning. Well yeah, they aren’t winning now but look at their record. Second or third best in the East. Just because they’ve been losing lately doesn’t mean that they aren’t a good team. And a team wins not just because of one player, everyone needs to contribute. Look at the Spurs, they have the best record in the league but do they have an MVP candidate? Hell no. Ginobili, Parker and Duncan are equally important to the team. Same with Boston. But what we are actually talking about is STATS. LeBron has the best stats in the league. That guy has been playing like MVP since he ever came into the NBA. Derrick Rose is good, but is he there yet? No. My vote goes to LeBron James. The real “three peat”. KING JAMES.

  190. Tune says:

    LeBron deserves it the most becuz of how he is playing with a superstar team and everything.
    U can’t blame every game winning shot on Lebron becuz Erik Spolstra wanted him to shoot the ball.
    LeBron is the most consistent player on the Heat team.
    And Yall Say its still WADE TEAM….
    Bosh is a sorry teammate thats never consistent…
    LeBron will never get help nowhere…
    AND DON’T SAY KOBE DONT HAVE NOBODY….DONT SAY DERRICK ROSE DONT HAVE NOBODY….CUZ THEY BOTH HAVE CONSISTENT TEAMMATES…….
    AND LEBRON POINTS ONLY WENT DOWN BY LIKE 1.2 POINTS SINCE HE LEFT CLEVELAND……LEBRON SHOULD BE THE MVP HANDS DOWN…..

  191. LarrytheOaf says:

    This is why it just needs to be the “best player” award, so we can stop having these long debates.

  192. Jasper says:

    Kobe Bryant, MVP!

  193. NBA fan says:

    right…people are underestimating what Kobe have done…look at his stats and his MINUTES per game…

  194. Tank says:

    KEVIN DURRANT FOR MVP!!!!!!!!!!!

  195. elo| says:

    its kobe its lebron its d rose its dwight & dirk

    i think d rose wins dis year…but another one… not a chance

    kobe will win one more time

    lebron more maybe 3 or 4

    dirk…not a chance

    dwight…mybe some other year…

  196. oh no! says:

    Derick Rose is the MVP this year . . . but he won’t win a championship yet..

  197. One says:

    Saw a comment about Fans voting for MVP. If that happens, Yao Ming is gonna win MVP even if he doesn’t play.

    • sparda says:

      Man reading other peoples comments make me laugh.. DAMN IT!! THIS IS 2010-2011 season MVP RACE!!! Do not put up milestones and past accomplishments that’s why every season there is a different MVP.. Giving the MVP to KOBE BRYANT just because he is moving up in the All Time Scoring List? Because of 5 rings? 4 All Star MVPS? Im not a Kobe hater or fan but i admit he is a great player or probably the best in the league right now.. but common when u have teammates like GASOL, BYNUM, ODOM and a DEEP BENCH like LA its easy to win games.. MVP AWARD is for a player who changed the team and carried them through hard times and easy times.. For me the MVP this season is D ROSE and D HOWARD.. Men if you look how they carry their own team.. D ROSE brought back Bulls in one of top competitors in the east.. Bulls was forgotten when MJ leave the franchise but now its back.. D HOWARD men if u look how he puts up numbers and how he performs in the Offense and Defense.. Like his 20-20s MAGIC has been inconsistent but Howard is the one who carries them.. I can say Lebron but his team is not doing well right now and HEAT can’t close games in right way and get the win but Lebron is carrying them right now he even improved the record of HEAT last season HEAT is 47-35 now its 43-21 there are still many games left and they can make it a 50 win team if they play consistently.. BUT for me Howard or Rose should get the award… No Favoritism here just a fan of basketball :)

  198. Brian Julian Ramos says:

    LeBron James the perfect MVP !!!!
    no question about it…….
    I trust in LeBron….

  199. lakers 3p says:

    derrick rose is the MVP

    take a look
    lebron>>> got 2mvp but no rings and this tym he got wade and bosh +miami full of veteran player
    and still not winning a loT
    durant>>>never bought his team to the finals even conf. final
    and i don’t think he can do it
    kobe>>>his good many achievement but he is old
    but he got a chance if he rise up his game,.befoe postseason
    dirt>>>even his team is an allstar veteran he cant win a championship
    and we will be dirty again in the playoff

    DERRICK ROSE>>>put his team in elite teams
    with his underated team mate he ois the only star player exept help from boozer and deng
    beating elite team like miami twice even before when they almost defeat the 1st seded boston who got the ring
    but now is a different story i think bulls will go in confe final

  200. MyMainManManu says:

    1. Manu Ginobili
    2. Derrick Rose
    3. Dirk NOwitzki
    4. Lebron James
    5. Dwight Howard.
    6. Kevin Durant
    7. Paul Pierce
    8. Kobe Bryant
    9. Amare Stoudemire
    10. Dwayne Wade

  201. MyMainManManu says:

    MANU does everything… defense offense and especially closing games… give spurs credit… they are the best team in the league and on top of the standings…

  202. MyMainManManu says:

    MAU GINOBILI should be the MVP!!!

  203. Sam says:

    It is a sad scenario that the best player in basketball is so disrespected by the so called experts! Kobe Bryant is the MVP of the NBA every year that he plays if he wants to. However, he has always been labeled as a selfish player so he dialed his game back to accommodate his teammates and to continue to get fitted for rings. When a player like Kobe is playing with a center named K. Brown, and a starting point guard Smush, you better be selfish if you want to win. Kobe had to play that way to make the Lakers competitive. But the fact of the matter is, name a player that is better than Kobe? Lebron is the flashes player in the league with his run down blocks, his power slams, but when the game is on the line he can’t come through! He’s not a closer, his jumper is suspect, his demeanor is questionable. But Kobe has no weaknesses in his game! He can take you off the dribble, he can go left or right, he can take you deep, he can post you, he can go around you, he can shoot free throws with either hand (lol), and every commentator will tell you when the game is on the line they want Kobe with the ball. If that be so, how is he not the MVP? And just when he needed to make a point, he waited to he got all the so called best in his gym at the Allstar game and then took it to all of them! He’s having another fantastic year on a winning team, yet playing less minutes. But, people are so ready to look over him that they are blinded to what he is doing. Let us also not forget that he just passed five of the greats in scoring, and baring injury he will be the all time leading scorer when he’s done. And we all know that the last few years Kobe has been playing below his ability for the success of his team. What is more difficult to do? Play your best ball like James, Rose, Howard, Durant, or play below your level to make your team better? I say what Kobe is doing is far more difficult to do! Lest we forget that any night that Kobe wants to score 50 points he can, who else can do that? Lest we forget a few years ago, at the end of 3 qtrs against the Mavs, Kobe had 62 points the Mavs had 61! Scoring 81 points in a game! Nine consecutive 40 plus games! Four consecutive 50 plus games! And any night that Kobe wants 50 now, he can do it! But He chooses to play down so they can win, how commendable for a pro to do that. Now if you won’t give the MVP to the one that deserves it, then it must go to Rose. But James? What a joke????? He’s actually on a better team this year and has a worse record this year with the Heat then he did last year with the Cavs at this point. James is a very good player, but MVP he ain’t this year and he wasn’t the two years that they donated it to him. So it Kobe’s or you can loan it to Rose, but to anyone else it would be a sin to the sports fan. That’s my comment and i’m sticking to it!

    • bballwiz says:

      You guys are VERY FUNNY! And that is why the fans should not be in charge of the MVP voting.

      Everybody mentions Kobe Bryant for MVP this year just because he’s a really great player most of his career. Taking a quote from Charles Barkley referring to the all-star selection, “This is not a Lifetime Achievement Award!” this could also be applied in the MVP argument. Yes, Kobe is a great player. Everyone in the world with a TV knows that already, and nobody could argue about that. But we’re talking about the MVP this year. It is given to the most important player on his team, not the best player in the world. The MVP’s of the past seasons are all very much deserving of the award, Nash twice, Nowitzki once and James twice, because they were the most important players on their respective teams and not necessarily the best player in the league (although you could make an argument about Lebron being the best player in the NBA during his MVP years.) Take away Nash from those Suns team and they would have go down the drain faster than you can run (And that second MVP campaign, Stoudemire was injured for the whole season and had to resort with Diaw as the starting center. See how valuable Nash was?). Same goes for Nowizki, plus that Mavs team had the best record in the league while being 29th in assist per game as a team. And that’s mostly because of Dirk’s brilliant play all season long. As for Lebron, he took the Cavs to the best record in the NBA for 2 straight years basically all by himself while being arguably the best player in the entire league (not necessarily the best during crunch time). And or course, just look how miserably the Cavs now you would understand the value of James on a team.

      Now what about Kobe? He might be the best player of the decade (if there’s such an award, he’ll definitely win it), but those years that he didn’t win the MVP were because those who won them were much valuable and deserving of the award. Simple as that. This doesn’t mean that he is a lesser player than those MVP winners.

      I guess it’s just not the right time for Kobe to win those awards. You can’t have them all. And I bet he is perfectly fine with that. And he won’t trade an MVP trophy for one of his rings. And I’m sure those past MVP winners would trade their awards for a a championship trophy any day. That’s just the way it works.

      So all you people saying Kobe should be the MVP this year better shut up and try to learn basketball and the NBA more. His play this season is not enough for him to earn another MVP award.

      • Sam says:

        Wow, you guys are so funny! If somebody don’t feel like you they are bootlickers. That’s funny! bballwiz asked a qustion, “how would Kobe fare on a team like the Raptors?” Do we forget that Kobe has not always had a loaded roster of proven players. Does anybody remember, Smush, Kwame, Rush, and those were the starters? Also, Kobe stayed through those kind of players until Mitch got him some help. While others tried to manufacture a winner, and now that it isn’t working the pressure has been more than they can bear. Maybe they would have been better off staying where they were. Now as far as Kobe being the MVP, there has never been a clear cut set of rules that regulate the MVP. Voters vote for various reasons; some because they are the best player in the league; some because they are the most valuable to their team; others because they lead the league in scoring, others because they are on a winning team. There first of all need to be standardize rules for MVP. But if you believe that the Lakers would be where they are right now without Kobe then we need to get someone some real understanding. Kobe Bryant rather you like him or not is a proven winner and player who has done it on the court. Some don’t like him because they say he is cocky, well it ain’t bragging if you can do it! And Kobe can do it!!! Now here is the golden nugget of the matter, regardless who wins the MVP none of us gets a dime for it. Its just your opinion and mind. I think Kobe ought to win the award because he is on a winning team; he is the most valuable to that team; he is tops in scoring in the league, a noted defender and leads his team in assist. The contributions that he makes to that team cannot be replaced and without him they would not even be in the playoffs in the west at this point. Gasol, Bynum, Odoms, Fisher, Artest and any of the rest – none of them can carry that team. And without Kobe that cast would greatly suffer. Now, it matters not to me if Rose gets it; Dirk, Manu, or any of them. They are all having great seasons. But to give it to Lebron would be a tragedy. He is a good player and that is IT! He has the Big 3, and he still can’t get it done. And at this posting the Heat at best is the fourth best team in the weak east; Celtics, Bulls, Magic. Even James said at the post game interview that they could lost all the rest of their games and still make the playoffs in the east. So we shall see in 24 games who it goes too. But as a Laker fan I’ll take another ring and I’m sure so would Kobe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • bballwiz says:

        So there you go, you’ve blown your cover in the end. You’re a certified Kobe bootlicker. Haha, That’s why you can’t make a valid argument about the MVP award you’re sooooo head-over-heels in love with your boy Kobe. Pathetic.

        “I think Kobe ought to win the award because he is on a winning team; he is the most valuable to that team; he is tops in scoring in the league…” — Stop right there. Okay, answer me this: When was the last time Kobe led the league in scoring? Not this season, I’m pretty sure. Not in the past 3 years. And if your argument is that he should win the award because he is on a winning team, you’re just telling the whole world that you’re stupid. How many great players are on the winning team this year? As for the most valuable player on his team, I believe Iguodala is also the MVP of his playoff-bound team. See that? You’re simply not too bright to post better argument. Or simply just too blind of Kobe’s spell. Tsk.

        “The contributions that he makes to that team cannot be replaced and without him they would not even be in the playoffs in the west at this point…” — Reall? I remember a young Pau Gasol has led the lowly Grizzlies (yes, the Memphis Grizzlies) to the 5th seed in the west. Odom with the Heat and Artest with Indiana and Houston were valuable players on their respective playoff teams before joining the Lakers. Again, you keep on making yourself silly with your arguments.

  204. Phamie says:

    Steve Nash is my MVP…

  205. king says:

    Lakers will wiin kobe is so strong now he will eat lebron james ,dwane wade and chris bosh. must watch this.

  206. NYKnicks says:

    I think they forgot KEVIN LOVE ? he just made a nba record for double double in an early part of his career :O

  207. homer antonio says:

    who the hell is overrated, if anything they under paid him.
    lebron is never underated he is the best player in the league and he proves it year after year since his sophomore year he averaged more then 26 poins 6 rbs and 6 ast. what is so underrated about that. Drose is overated, tim duncan is overrated. lebron is underrated, he is the best player ive seen since michael jordan

  208. [...] Blogtable: Real MVP candidatesNBA.com (blog)This year it's Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki. Steve Aschburner: Every week here, in a basement office at Sekou's Hang Time Hideout, I help pull together the Race To The MVP feature that runs on Fridays. …Race to MVP still has five players in the runningProBasketballTalk [...]

  209. Darren T says:

    MVP Candidates
    1. Derrrick Rose
    2. Kobe Bryant
    3. Dirk Nowitzki
    ………….

    100. Lebron James

  210. MikeRock says:

    1. Rose
    2. D. Howard
    3. Kobe
    4. Lebron
    5. Dirk

    lebron be lucky ur even on the list. you’re the most overrated player in nba history. choke artist.

  211. BostonF says:

    I dont hate Kobe, I hate his fans thinking he should be the MVP because of the rings. We’re talking SEASON MVP. Every last kobe fan who always make a reason that he should be the MVP because of the ring is so darn STUPID! If you think that way then Robert Horry would have been the better player than Kobe. Sheeeeesh.

  212. homer antonio says:

    BTW adam deng, boozer and noah wouldve been allstars if thibadeau was the eastern conference all star coach

  213. homer antonio says:

    john u make a great point. chris webber said the same thing. lebron took his team to the nba finals at the age of 22 with a bunch of role players. that same year kobe lost to phoenix in the first round. so stop bringin up kobe’s rings because if lebron had dwight howard they would break chicago season record and the 2001 lakers 15-1 playoff record

  214. homer antonio says:

    you guys are talking about lebron not making it when it counts but when did rose ever hit a game winner

  215. Turk says:

    Rose. No question about it. No one else should even be in the discussion. Rose. They might as well just put his name only on the ballot because at this point it wont even matter, and the bulls are going to go undefeated the rest of the season and capture the one seed. Soar to the Eastern Conference Finals, take down whoever their inferior foe is. And take down the Lakers in the FINALS, and ChiTown will be restored its glory, lost since the Jordan Era. Thus, establishing the ROSE ERA………………for years to come my folk…….for years to come…..for years to come……echo…echo…echo

  216. John says:

    Bryant, while being one of the best, does not deserve the MVP. He has proven to be ineffective without having a killer roster. When Shaq left, he couldn’t get his team to the playoffs and then past the first round the following two years. Then when they brought over Mr. Pau Gasol, they were back in the mix. His team, his “greatest coach of all time”, are the ones that won the rings for him. By himself he is nothing but a great scorer. With a powerful team and Phil Jackson, he is a champion.

    LeBron was never that lucky, but took his mediocre team and incompetent coach to the Finals and two back-to-back most win seasons. Lebron with a young dominant Shaq, or 2 powerful 7 footers, as well as a mastermind coach spells out multiple championships too. He is the best all-round player. Kobe is the best one and one player, and an effective closer, but Lebron is a one man army.

    • bballwiz says:

      Finally, someone with a real sense of what the NBA really is. Not just another Kobe boot-licker.

      Nobody said Lebron is the best player of this era. I believe the consensus goes to Kobe. But luck played a big role for all his success. He’s very lucky to be playing for a rich owner and franchise that would pay anyone and do everything to make the Lakers relevant every season. Their management made sure of that. They experimented a bit and see if Kobe could actually win it all by himself and without a legendary coach. We all know how that turned out. It was a big failure. So they fired the coach and offered Phil another lucrative deal. After a couple of games, they figured that won’t be enough for them to win it all so they shopped around and got a very skilled big man in Pau Gasol. If Kobe would have stuck in Hornets where he was originally drafted, he might have been a journeyman too. He may not have all the success that he enjoyed over the years. He may have done what Lebron did (minus the “The Decision” I bet) and took his talents somewhere else.

      Without the greatest coach manning the sidelines, without those great big men Shaq and Pau (Heck, he’s not even the best player on his team during his first 3 championship run), he would just be a very gifted offensive and defensive player without rings.

      That’s the reason why I never rode on the Kobe bandwagon. And that’s why he never won the MVP more than once.

  217. homer antonio says:

    its between dwight howard and lebron james. Drose is an allstar but not an mvp yet. both lebron and dwight howard are puttin up unbelievable numbers

  218. Adam says:

    It’s DRose’s trophy to lose at this point. Best record against the elite teams? Bulls. Perfect in their division? Bulls. Swept the Heat? Bulls? Swept the Mavs? Bulls. Overcame major sustained injuries to starters and kept winning? Bulls. (Boozer and Noah missed 49 games in total!!!) The Bulls have ONE all-star. ONE.

    In addition, I invite everyone to look at Chicago’s remaining schedule and tell me exactly which games they “should” lose. I see none. The Bulls already finished up the toughest parts of their schedule. Best teams that are left are Orlando and Boston. We are 2 – 1 against Orlando…and 1 – 2 against Boston with one loss coming in overtime. It’s very possible that the Bulls will have the one seed. (only 1.5 games back now) I actually think the 2 seed is worst case scenario.

    To me…MVP is about winning first…with being the true alpha dog a close second. Winning your division. (the Bulls can clinch that this week FYI) Winning against the best teams in the league. Being the undisputed leader on your team.

    • sp4rk says:

      job well done ADAM!!! that’s deep….now join me with my snack while reading those KOBE & LE BRON’s dying supporters to reveal they’re so called great players…..D-ROSE for “MVP” amen!!!

  219. Manuel says:

    LEBRON MVP 3 YEARS IN A ROW

  220. roger says:

    kobe deserves it more then all these clowns besides rose but i would still give it to kobe!!

    kobe is the mvp the lakers will finsih strong and that will help his case…

  221. Manuel says:

    THE KING LEBRON JAMES IS THE ONLY CHOICE

    • ELDiablO says:

      CHOICE FOR WHAT??IF THERE ARE MVP VOTES THERE MUST BE ALSO A JINX VOTES..MAYBE HE WILL WIN IN THAT CATEGORY

  222. Tim says:

    D Rose is the Most Valuable Player. He has carried the bulls all season long. First he loses Boozer in the beginning of year for a couple of months and guess what Rose Wins. Then they lose Noah for a couple months and guess what HE WINS! Without Rose this year on the bulls there is no way they make the playoffs. You take Kobe off the lakers they would still make playoffs. You take Lebrick off miami and maybe they’ll start winning games. D Rose IS ABSOLUTELY THE SEASON MVP THIS YEAR!!!!!! Also for all you people sayin kobe deserves it cause he has rings. Who gives a S***. The season Mvp has nothing to do with who has more rings. Its who is the most valuable to their team. AND THAT PERSON tHIS YEAR IS D ROSE!!!!!!!!!

  223. Mike says:

    Media used the Kobe had Shaq for 4 years of mvp less season. But now Lebron has Dwayne Wade + Chris Bosh and he’s ranked in top 5? are you kidding me? How hypocritical is that. Media hates kobe and Lebron is the NBA’s darling. That’s the bottom line. As for the MVP I say Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Dirk Now as the top 5. Dwight’s been a beast all season. Kobe’s the reason LA is playing championship basketball. Derrick Rose is a by product of great Defensive coaching. Dirk was injured but the most important player for Dallas.

  224. NEALMANALOKOBE! says:

    In my opinion, in choosing the MVP they should considering the player’s performance during playoffs because that is the time where the true basketball really means that is the time where a player can showcase their skills to try to advance to the next round yo know what I mean??. If that would happen KOBE would win 5 MVP awards and lebron = 0 because he can’t play true basketball. AND KOBE PLAYS HIS REAL BEST WHEN ITS MATTER MOST!!!

  225. It’s a shame… For the past 3 years, Kobe Bryant brought the Lakers to the finals 3 years in a row and won 2 of them. But only won 1 MVP out of those 3 years.. And yet in the MVP Races every single year, Kobe is never first. Like come on, the man has proved to the world why he’s the greatest player of all time! Forget about stats that and this, like be serious everyone. Kobe may not have better stats than lebron but look at it this way. For the past 2 years Lebron has won mvp twice, and who was in the finals and won 2 rings? Kobe Bryant. Kobe deserves to win Mvp this year, because him and the lakers are in a roll, while miami are blowing it ! like come on.. Lebron has wade, and bosh!

    • bballwiz says:

      Right, forget about the stats. That’s why Nash won twice and Dirk once over Kobe.

      Kobe will not win another MVP award ever. Finals MVP is a real possibility but Regular Season MVP is just impossible. I guess you just can’t have it all.

      Accept the fact that Kobe is just 5th in MVP behind Rose, Lebron (yes, he’s still number 2), Nowitzki and Howard.

  226. kb24 says:

    i have to candidates, either kobe or drose. kobe has done alot of individual records this year. but what suprises me alot is derrick rose’s play. he is going out there day after day killing and smashing on everyone making that chicago team scarier. and you know what’s even scarier? he hasn’t even reached his prime yet.

  227. Nisha-Let's Talk says:

    Kobe can simply be “OVERLOOKED”.. Kobe does that every year. That’s just Kobe.. Duhh! MVP FOR 2010-2011 SEASON GOES TO…….. LEBRON JAMES!! C’mon you guys. I have no idea what you guys are on, but he’s the MOST VALUED PLAYER ON THE HEAT!! The Heat are like 0-3 WITHOUT LEBRON, but something like 2-1 WITHOUT D-Wade.. Clearly he’s more important than Wade. Rose should get the MOST IMPROVED PLAYER of the sesason, but he doesn’t deserve a MVP yet.. Just yet..

  228. Tony says:

    Few years ago… 81 points (comeback win), so many 50+ point games, scoring titles, but they were saying it’s all about assits. MVP title was stolen twice from KOBE, I will not be surprised if they do it again. Time and NBA History will bring shame to those idiots responsible for giving the title to nash.

    • bballwiz says:

      That’s because you’re stupid enough to understand real basketball. Insulting Nash and all his accomplishments are just so disrespectful. I bet you don’t know how to play team basketball. You’re just a typical baller wanna-be, trying to score a lot for you to get recognized. Just plain stupid.

  229. ELDiablO says:

    as a respect>>>MJ have spoken…DROSE is his MVP and he mentioned he deserve it..check out this latest blogs from TWITTER.COM

  230. fan says:

    i like how they dont mention kg for boston, instead they name paul pierce. paul pierce was nobody before kg came to chowder town.
    i love kevin durrant, but russell westbrook is part of the reason why durant get many easy shots. the speed and explosiveness westbrook has give the defense a lot of pressure. so if anything, westbrook SHOULD be the mvp.

  231. Me says:

    Kobe fans,kobe never going to win another mvp.So stop.Its Drose,JAMES,HOWARD.

  232. Jason says:

    @Yanick, but did you for forget or just don’t want to remember that the Lakers failed to reach the playoff when Kobe won the scoring title?
    How can an MVP be chosen from a non-playoff contending team?

  233. kobe24 > (lbj + dwade) says:

    bynum, gasol and odom will dominate in the paint, and will crush the soft and cry babies big man of the heat hahaha! go kobe

  234. D Rose says:

    LEBRON JAMES in the MVP

  235. Moe says:

    I don’t know why people are saying Kobe deserves to be MVP. Sure, let him be your favorite but relax, he doesn’t deserve MVP this year. If anything, I’d choose Aldridge over him. This year, there’s two players that deserve it: D-Rose and LeBron. Statistically, LeBron deserves it. Based on how games end up resulting, D-Rose. I love LBJ and I’d love to see him win MVP but compared to Rose, I think he has a small chance. Seeing the Cavs struggle to win is a good sign for him but he himself has been struggling lately. Fpr D-Rose, lately, I think he’s been more of a shooting guard than point guard. He’s been having less assits than before but they’re still winning games. I want LeBron to win but I think Rose will get it.

  236. A Logical Kobe Fan says:

    I still find it hard to believe that the player of the previous decade only has won a single MVP award in his career. It’s also disappointing as a personal fan to see it. Any unbiased and even relatively intelligent person would be able to say that Kobe deserves more than one. He is a living legend, argue that all you want but all arguments are discredited when taking a look at his individual accomplishments, along with his Playoff and Finals success. Since 99, he has been to the Finals 7 times, winning 5. That means, at the absolute very least, he has helped the Lakers win 5 titles. He was obviously not always the leader he is now. The real problem is, he is not the media golden boy that everybody loves.

    The acronym stands for Most Valuable Player. It can be somewhat misleading, because most people think whomever has the best statistics should win it. If the Heat aren’t winning games like they should, then LeBron James by default cannot be that valuable. A worthy mention of his name is fine, but at this rate he does not deserve MVP. There is no question about his talent and athleticism, but this is really just the media overpraising him because of his stats. The fact is, stats do not tell you everything. LBJ has been hyped out ever since his entrance to the league. A lot of this hype is largely due to the media, but as I recall, he embraced it and added on to it, by accepting the nickname “The King”. He is the king of nothing but two MVP awards, one of which I do not believe he deserved. I know all the LBJ fans think I’m just another hater, but all I do is observe the man. I think I could bring myself to be a large fan of him if he would just quit with this “I’m the King of the NBA” mentality, especially considering he has no right to be thinking that.

    My biggest problem with this is that the last person who MVP and then went on to lead his team to the NBA Championship was the great Tim Duncan back in 2003. Am I the only person who finds that frustrating? Every passing year that the MVP doesn’t lead his team to a Title, the MVP award loses more and more credibility. MVP is supposed to be about leadership, toughness, mental endurance, basketball IQ, and yes, stats. D-Rose and Superman definitely meet most of those expectations, if not all. The final truth is that LBJ does not meet all of those, even by a long shot. Dirk also fills those roles, but not as much as Dwight and Rose do. The way I see it, nobody else in the league as of right now embodies those qualities as well as The Black Mamba does.

    • bballwiz says:

      So sick and tired of all Kobe boot-lickers crying over why he haven’t won more MVP’s than he should have. And you guys made fun of the those Heat players who cried over a loss.

      You know why? That’s because MVP is chosen after the regular season. It’s not the Playoffs MVP. The award is given to the most deserving player during the 82-game span. When the playoffs starts, the season MVP is done. So that’s every team for themselves. Even if the MVP came from a losing team team in the playoffs, that doesn’t mean he didn’t deserve the award. So what if Nash, Nowitzki and James didn’t win any championship rings? They made their mark during the regular season. Simple as that.

      So just quit whining about the system and enjoy the game. Try watching other players as well besides your boy Kobe.

    • Jon says:

      who really cares about the MVP award? Kobe has 5 championships. he doesn’t need MVP awards to prove he is great. look at it this way. kobe could be like lebron and get 2+ MVPs and 0 championships. would you want that? i wouldn’t.

    • bballwiz says:

      People do care about the MVP award. That’s why the topic is wildly discussed everywhere.

      I believe Kobe doesn’t really care about the award because he stopped caring for it after winning the MVP in ’07. And I bet he will never trade a ring for another MVP trophy. But these Kobe boot-lickers are the ones making such a fuss about why Kobe hasn’t won more than 1 MVP award. I guess Kobe fans are too blind to see reality.

  237. yanick says:

    Not to mention Kobe been playing with injuries the past three seasons, three straight final appearance. How can this be overlooked?

  238. All of you are wrong says:

    Yes my name says the truth. DWIGHT HOWARD IS THE ONE TRUE MVP this season. He’s a monster every night.. He’d eat LeBron, Kobe, Dirk, and Rose for DINNER.

  239. yanick says:

    If i count the number of time Kobe’s has been robbed for mvp, in 2006 averaged 35 point, played with some of the worst players this game has ever seen, kwame brown, smush parker, etc… The lakers have a better record than the heat, yet they consider lebron in front of Kobe even though he’s playing with 2 other future hall of famer, wade and bosh. How is it even possible that kobe bryant has only one mvp in his career? Steve nash and lebron both got two each, with zero ring among them.

  240. Jason says:

    Without Pau Kobe loses his confidence on his hoggaballs fadeaway and all those poor shot selections…Simply put Kobe to Non-playoff contending team and his name shall not be mentioned among MVP candidates.

    • bballwiz says:

      Amen to that.

      I wonder how Kobe would fare if would be placed in a team like the Raptors? Hmm…

      He’s great and all, but he’s just a very lucky person to have a rich owner, a legendary coach and all those great big men.

  241. CHICAGO FAN says:

    i agree that D-rose is a good player, but for me LEBRON JAMES is the MVP.. even if the heat are loosing now, we can see that Lebron is always making a great play and his statatistic is incredible.. the way he put a pionts, the rebounds, the assist, thats the true MVP, and that is LEBRON JAMES.. HE IS THE MVP..

  242. CHICAGO FAN says:

    i agree that D-rose is a good player, but for me LEBRON JAMES is the MVP.. even if the are loosing now, we can see that Lebron is always making a great play and his statatistic is incredible.. the way he put a pionts, the rebounds, the assist, thats the true MVP, and that is LEBRON JAMES.. HE IS THE MVP..

  243. Jason says:

    It will drive me nuts if Kobe wins the season’s MVP..DRose is deserving, LeBron is deserving as well but Kobe?
    Oh com’un!! how can be a player played with talented teammates with 3 athletic 7-FT’s win an MVP?

    You gotta be kidding me..even if you take away Kobe from the Lakers, it’s still a playoff contender..
    Lebron should take the runaway BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK MVP(In short 3-peat)

  244. I'M A FAN says:

    for us lebron james is still the MVP, even if they loosing now, he still the best player, there’s no questions about it.. he is the best. LEBRON IS STILL THE MVP!!!

  245. Aswen Chandraraj says:

    wat da hell happenend 2 da convo

  246. ELDiablO says:

    i’m a lakers fan and i accept that rose will be the season mvp..maybe his stats are low because he shared stats with his teammate..bulls are almost parallel with lakers..the players/coach everyone are participating on what they called TEAM..unlike in miami lebron has lots of good stats but his team suffer due to selfishness

  247. Paul Pierce's Mom says:

    kiddin my babe gonna win no1 gonna say dat my babe is not gonna win bitches neva tell da truth

  248. Paul Pierce's Mom says:

    MVP’S ARE FORGOTTEN *COUGH COUGH* Paul Pierce*COUGH COUGH*

  249. Kel says:

    my fav babe is gona get mvp my baby bosh

  250. Sputnik says:

    KOBE AND DERRICK ROSE. Without Kobe the Lakers simply would not be the winning team that they are this season. He plays every game. He keeps everyone in the game. He commands double teams, therefore Pau can shoot his open 15 footers. He allows Phil to experiment with his triangle. By the way this Laker team reminds me of the Bulls first 3 peat team. With Kobe posting a a lot. Andrew gets lobs because duh, they are collapsing on Kobe.. He makes things so seamless that his contributions are severely diminished by his greatness. And now that Lebron the leaver James has been exposed, we can appreciate even more Kobe’s heart, the courage that he brings out of the other players (look at Sasha in Jersy making game winning shots Kobe disciple) and the confidence that he instills in all Laker fans everywhere. Talent, skills, leadership and winning. KOBE, the mamba is the MVP. DRose close second.

    • wihc says:

      YEA HE HAVE THE LEADERSHIP TO ASK FOR A TRADE. REMEMBER QHEN HE ASKED FOR A TRADE BECAUSE HIS TEAM WAS NOT WINNING

  251. NBA says:

    webber said in one of the video that he couldn’t believe what those great players in the past had done just reflecting on bryants achievement, on NBA all time scoring list, passing each players. Great that’s for sure. But kobe isn’t done yet:
    can the NBA make a new title that will acknowledge bryants hard work and passion in playing basketball if he isn’t to be named the MVP again??? This guys has done a lot of individual achievements and will have more in coming years thats for sure.

    • bballwiz says:

      Why would the NBA do that? They didn’t do anything for Michael Jordan. So why the special treatment for Kobe?

      He’ll get all the accolades and all the praises once he decides to hang his sneakers. He’ll surely be in the conversation as one of the best ever. But to have an award for him is just too absurd to consider.

  252. Dean says:

    Without a doubt Dwight Howard is the MVP this season. No one can handle him he scores at will and defense is amazing. Look at what he has done all season. The stats on both ends speak for themselves. He makes the Magic far better than they deserve and has done this every season. Some how getting better year over year. If Magic make a late run this season its because of him and if they do he deserves the MVP.

    • Gus says:

      I don’t agree with you. I think D-Howard is a nasty player but he can’t become MVP…
      Why ? Just because of that : Can a MVP lead the league in technical fouls during the season ? I don’t believe it.

      • Shawn says:

        Dwight might lead the league in technicals, let DRose, Kobe, Lebron, or any other player take the beating he does and see how they handle it.

  253. new mike says:

    If we talk about individual and not a teamwork, nothing I can suggest to be the MVP but LeBRON JAMES. I’m not his fans but that’s what I see if we compare him to KOBE BRYANT, DERRICK ROSE and DWIGHT HOWARD. MVP is not all about teamwork and good record in NBA standings but the stats in every player.

    • Naterrr says:

      MVP is about teamwork and where the team is heading. THEN STATS.

      LeBron James
      PPG 26.3 RPG 7.50 APG 7.1 EFF + 27.95

      Kevin Durant
      PPG 28.1 RPG 7.10 APG 2.8 EFF + 25.19

      Durant is just where Lebron is at, averaging more points, equal rebounds, and less assists.
      His stats are almost the same as LeBrons, but why isn’t Durant MORE talked about as MVP canidate of the year? Because of the teamwork and how the team is doing. Its not about Stats? FO REAL??

      • new mike says:

        ohh!!! how will you compare Durant to LeBron if he is LESS IN ASSIST? that’s the reason why LeBron still in the second place in the RACE TO THE MVP. If you say about the teamwork or about the team standings then where is KOBE BRYANT, DWIGHT HOWARD and KEVIN DURANT in RACE TO THE MVP?

    • Naterrr says:

      The Stats of the player are just as important, I’m just saying, if you compare two people with the same stats, even if one has less. Its about the teamwork, and how the team is doing because of the players presense. It’s why I think its first Drose, second Dwight and then LeBron.

  254. beasley says:

    carmelo ANTHONY AND STOUDEMIRE THE BEST N BEAST IN THE EAST

  255. d-wade says:

    d-wade should win mvp because he has deal to with lebron mess him missing shoots at the end when it really counts and plus d-wade 4th in scoring in front of d-howard,kobe,d-rose,and dirk and to have lebron on his team and doing all that like player of the month and get selected as a all star starter and scoring as much as he do he’s my mvp.

  256. Dom says:

    to sum it up
    is either kobe or drose

    kobe’s lakers did pretty bad early this year….without him lakers would keep on sinking

    drose’s bulls did decent, with his great work bulls are one of the best team in the east….second to the best at least

  257. Dom says:

    those 2 above makes me laff so hard..LOL! KOBE WON PLAYER OF THE DECADE! DECADE = 10 years……..unless ur “decade” = one year..

    also kobe got bynum gasol odom? and lebron got the 2 super stars WADE AND BOSH! hmmmmm? and all 3 of those heats got in to all star game….and only kobe and gasol go into all stars……..

    well i think 1) d-rose should get it too, cuz he was fantastic against the heats….but i think kobe should still be in the talk…his leadership is enough said………tell me who get better leadership than kobe??????? leader = mvp….drose still got a long way to go to be a true leader….but he is still doing very good in his own way to lead the bulls…

    btw stop hating on kobe’s greatness…every championship team got alot of great players look at bulls they had JORDAN< PIPPEN, RODMAN. and now Celtics got KG RONDO PAUL, AND RAY allen………and isnt that why Lebron WADe bosh decided to team up to beat the best in the east and hunt down what lebron say "not 1 not 2 not3 not 4 not 5 not 6 not 7 not 8……etc" pretty cocky but that is the way it shoulld be….so dun hate on these great players…they are all great

  258. Paul says:

    I’ll choose KOBE more than anybody else.

  259. Teddy says:

    If MVP winner will be chosen based on the performance and consistency of the player, its gonna be HOWARD or JAMES. The two players are consistent throughout the season. Honorable mentions are BRAYANT, NOWITZKI, STOUDEMIRE and DURANT. I did not choose DROSE because of his poor shooting percentage and inconsistency. If the committee will select DROSE, u wil not be reliable anymore. KEVIN LOVE is more deserving than DROSE!

  260. great88 says:

    I completely agree with DXFACTOR. Kobe should be mentioned and considered together with D-Rose. They are the logical candidates and Lebron should not be included because he has proven this during the 5 straight losses that he is just talent. The framework of an MVP candidate consideration is the best player in a winning team and the best player in the league now whose team is winning of course. If his team is losing, how can you be the best player if you cannot lead your team to victory especially when lebron has dwayne wade and bosh and vice versa. I think Kobe will end up MVP this season if the writers are not biased. Then again Kobe said it best, what’s the definition of MVP: “it’s what the brilliant writers decide”

    I hope the NBA can give more credibility on the MVP award.

  261. Crazyguy says:

    d-rose is the real mvp because hes doing everything for his team even at a time when boozer and noah are out..come on guys kobe is a good player but not deserve for an mvp candidate…lakers is a good team because of the chemistry flowing to it big guys help the tem Bynum, Gasol and Odom..

  262. Sheed says:

    Ill do you one more solid reason why kobe should not get the mvp ,hes not averaging more points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocks than he did last season All these numbers are going down. Hes Hasnt shot the 3 this badly since the 01-02 season and hes only shooting 0.003 better from the field compared to last season. The Lakers are now Gasols team, kobes becoming more and more of a second option on offense (he just refuses to give up the ball and phil jackson dont have the stones to tell him to give it up) and hes never been an outstanding defender, thats why artest always guards the toughest guys on the opponents team.

    • Nbbabababab says:

      Kobe Bryant is the only person to have made the five most recent All-Defensive first team.

  263. hahaha says:

    shut up kobe suckers…. kobe got bynum gasol and odom.. lakers are good becuz of kobe but you have to give a lot of credit to those ppl bynum is doing so well recently averaging about 14-15 rebounds per game and defensively i still think LA is the best team. i know kobe is the best player in the league now but this season..i dont think kobe did better than d-rose or howard or even lebron. I think d-rose has to get MVP !!! this yr

  264. Sheed says:

    Rose is the mvp this season. And will everybody just shut up about kobe this and kobe that??? Buhu hes playing with injuries, buhu hes been robbed, buhu hes been the best player for 10 years!!?? Has he really? If you believe this go compare kobes career avges to melos, wades, james etc. See if there is so much difference between some of the best players around and kobe. Kobe got traded to the lakers and has had unbelieveable talent around him since day one. The seasons when he didnt have that the lakers didnt go ANYWHERE! Reg season mvps are not about championships etc thats what finals mvps are for! And you have to realize that kobes been to 7 finals and he only has 2 finals mvps! That means he has only been the best player on HIS TEAM twice! How can he than like you say been the best player in the league for ten years??? Kobe wouldnt have a single ring on his fingers if it wasnt for shaq and Gasol! Kobe has 1 mvp, he got it the same year he lost by 30+ points in the deciding game to the celtics, what does that tell you, hes lucky hes got one. Rose is my pick.

    • LAL says:

      The tree finals when Shaq took the FINALS MVP he was the best in the paint kobe was the best in the perimeter. Kobe didn’t have tallent around him all the time. but when he didn’t he still reached the PO like everybody was takling a few years back when D-wade scored more than 30ppg that if it wasn;t for him miami wouldn’t reach the playoffs but when kobe did that it was like they reached the playoffs but lost in the first round. everybody take kobe for granted this is the problem. lebron is very very atletic but he shoot bricks when it matters most

  265. RUBEN says:

    MVP’S ARE FORGOTTEN *COUGH COUGH* LEBRICK……RINGS ARENT “MAMBA

  266. This isn't fantasy MVPrace says:

    lebron is consistent thats true but his irrelevantly consistent! its b coz after the first half and he got his stats thats about it and call it a game for him, i mean no more points after that even if its the closing time, CCCHHHOOOKKKEEE!!!! come on lets be realistic about it i got 1.drose 2 dhoward 3 kobe 4 kdurant 5 dirk and im a laker fan but the finals MVP is KOBE! where it matters most!

  267. Naterrr says:

    First of all, MVP means; “The player judged to be the most important to the sport.”
    Its true Google it.

    Second, If it means that it is the player that is most important to that sport, it means as well they are the most important player to their team. Just putting up big numbers all season long shouldn’t make you the “MVP.”
    Being the MVP should mean that you are consistant with your teams victories all season long. Like what Rajini said, ” If you just go by numbers why don’t you make Kevin Love the MVP ??” Being MVP should mean that your team would fail without you. Its not just about what numbers you put up every night, but the fact that your team is losing 5 straight games should indicate that the “MVP” of the team doesn’t have what it takes to be the leagues MVP. MVP’s should make their team better, defensively and offensively. Basketball isn’t just based on offense, its only half the game. So don’t base MVP awards on half of what a player does.
    1) Derick Rose. He has brought the Bulls to where they are at; he has made his whole team better because of him, both offensively and defensively. He is not the LeBron James that can put up almost 30 points each night consistantly, but he gets his job done. He wins. It’s what he is getting paid for. It is about getting the job done, not how you do it, but getting it done. This is why he should be number 1.
    2) Dwight Howard. Both offensively and defensively getting the job done. He plays 100% each and every night, he does well in clutch times when his team needs him most. He makes his Magic team better, their shooting is spectacular because the defense has to colapse on Dwight.
    3) Dirk Nowitzki. He was out, their team crashed, he came back they are rockin and rollin now.
    4) Kobe, Enough said.
    5) THEN LEBRON!!! He team isn’t winning, isn’t that enough?!?

    • wihc says:

      LAKERS LOST FOUR IN A ROW

    • new mike says:

      It’s obvious that Kevin Love could not get the MVP award because base on the rules of the NBA, the team of that player should be in the playoffs. Teamwork is also important but the most important of all if you want to achieve that MVP AWARD is the INDIVIDUAL STAT. If you just want a championship title then go for a Teamwork, nevermind your individual stats. That’s the reason why the Celtics still Best record now in the east but none of their players are mentioned in RACE TO THE MVP because they share all the stats (specially in points). MVP AWARD is different from CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.

    • Jon A. says:

      thumbs up.. Nuff said.

  268. RUBEN says:

    KOBE DESERVES MVP EVERY YEAR…BUT HE DOESNT CARE BOUT THE REGULAR SEASON..ITS ALL ABOUT THE PLAYOFF AND FINALS MVP!! GO MAMBA

  269. JAM says:

    first off all these players are extrordinary players. They all deserve mention and its just fair to say that the mvp in my opinion has become an over rated award. Sure you have D Rose and LeBron putting up great stats but the thing is those guys can do that anywhere but they couldn’t win anywhere. If you look at Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade. They both were averaging well over thirty in their career but then they sacrificed their numbers for the good of the team. Sure they still average over 25, 5, and 5 but they do it quite and in a pace of let my teammates do what they do and when they need me I’m here. Derrick Rose, LeBron (playing with another superstar but forces everything) and Dwight Howard they get their numbers but they don’t play as a team unit instead the ball has to be in their hands at all times except for Howard he doesn’t have the ball enough. Kobe has won championships so has Dwayne Wade. LeBron can’t finish in the clutch and Derrick Rose gets assists but doesn’t know when to get assists when to score he’s still young. In Cleveland LeBron had the ultimate freedom to do whatever he wanted with the ball that where he fits end of story. I feel that true consideration should go past individual alone but strongly on team performance. The MVP in my opinion should be the guy who you could put on any team and he instantly causes them to start winning. If you placed Kobe on the Bobcats I feel he would take them to the playoffs maybe even second round, same with D Wade. If you put D Rose on the Bobcats would they win instantly? Howard to the Bobcats could they win? LeBron to the Bobcats would they win? I feel that guys like Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Paul should be the true MVP candidates not for individual but for the impact they have in the locker room, on the floor, and the way they play championship basketball (not to mention they all are great clutch performers).

    • wihc says:

      YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THAT THE YEAR BEFORE LEBRON THE CAVS DINT MAKE ITTO THE PLAYOFFS BUT SOME YEARS LATER THEY BECOME THE TEAM WITH THE BEST RECORD IN THE REGULAR SEASON

      • chITown terp53 says:

        @jam, you sound ridiculous. Derrick Rose knows when to shoot and when to pass. He may not have a ring yet, but you can put Derrick Rose on the CAVS right now and they would win. I don’t think you have seen alot of games Derrick Rose plays in because he has shown the maturity of letting his teammates get acclimated to the games and get their scoring and he takes over when they need him to. He always scores or creates for others in clutch moments. So I don’t see how you feel that the scribble you wrote has any valid points about D. Rose, MVP, or him not being in the same class as your true MVP Candidates. He is the best PG, and one of the top 5 players in the league and after the season is all said and done you all will recognize that as well. Derrick Rose 4 MVP, and he will be Finals MVP this year!

      • Jon A. says:

        REGULAR SEASONS..what about POST SEASON?regular season wins doesn’t mean a thing when you can’t even get out of the Playoffs to make it till June.

    • IMTHATDUDE89 says:

      @Jam I fully agree with chiTown terp53. Are you insane? Are you basketball educated? You mention that D Rose has to have the ball all of the time, but isn’t he a point guard. Do you know the purpose of the 1 spot? He’s the geneeral of that team. You’re not gonna ask your Center to bring the ball down the court. If you’ve ever watched a Bulls game from start to finish 90% of the time Rose gets his teammates involved before he looks for a shot, unless he’s wide open, or in the case of the last game against the Spurs his coach tells him to attack early. The guy is clearly MVP because of what he’s done for the team, even while Boozer and Noah were out. To me, he has a substantial lead over James because Rose carries his team and they WIN. They WIN against the top teams in the NBA while James teams falters, sometimes horribly against teams over .500. That means that every night, no matter who they’re facing, Rose does whatever it takes to make sure the Bulls win. Not to mention, James has Wade. Matter of fact, what is James’ true position????? Sometimes I see him carry the ball up the court, other times he’s playing the 2 position, the 3 position, I mean James is great. No doubt about it, but I don’t think he knows when to play what position. There are 3 potential threats on that team, so I cannot give him the MVP award because he doesn’t make good decisions with the ball when the game is on the line.

    • slicholas says:

      dude you’re a moron. the bobcats are way better than the cavs but look what LBJ did for them. went from best to worst. and when has wade avereged 30 points for a season? in high school. def not in the nba.

      • jad says:

        Wade averaged 30.2 points per game in 08-09………don’t say nothing unless you know what your talking about

  270. drose says:

    drose or kboe have to win it…… u might say rose because hes avraging 24 8 and 4 but kboe is the winnerr….REASON= RINGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  271. Troy says:

    did anybody notice that dwade closed the game last night with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone a lebron only had like 2 in the second half as a whole

  272. Wait a Minute says:

    Luke Walton is the true MVP.

  273. Rajini says:

    MVP debate is about more than numbers. It is about carrying a team with ones’ killer instincts, ability to finish off games and the willingness to take shots at crunch time. It has to be Kobe if you go by these qualities. If you just go by numbers why don’t you make Kevin Love the MVP ??

  274. Dxfactor says:

    It will be a sad day when Kobe Bryant retires from professional basketball. Easily one of the greatest players of all time and undoubtedly the greatest of his generation. The fact that he has been the best player in the league for almost 10 years, and has only won 1 MVP is just disgusting. This MVP title has lost all credibility and continues to. The media is clearly blind with hate. As has been typical of the media, just look at their responses; all of them still have Lebron as a front runner for MVP while Kobe is considered an outsider.

    Miami have no excuse for their current record, yet they have lost their last 5 games to seemingly inferior opposition. They are 1-9 against the top 5 teams in the league, Lebron has shown us how not to close games time and time again. The fact he is being mentioned in this ballot is a travesty to say the least, and is testament to the media homerism that has surrounded him since the start of his career.

    Say what you want, argue hard,it won’t matter. At the end of the day, the MVP is that player who does whatever it takes for his team to win games. He is the facilitator, the scorer, the defensive stopper, and ultimately the closer for his team. Lebron is none of these things.

    • bballwiz says:

      You guys are VERY FUNNY! And that is why the fans should not be in charge of the MVP voting.

      Everybody mentions Kobe Bryant for MVP this year just because he’s a really great player most of his career. Taking a quote from Charles Barkley referring to the all-star selection, “This is not a Lifetime Achievement Award!” this could also be applied in the MVP argument. Yes, Kobe is a great player. Everyone in the world with a TV knows that already, and nobody could argue about that. But we’re talking about the MVP this year. It is given to the most important player on his team, not the best player in the world. The MVP’s of the past seasons are all very much deserving of the award, Nash twice, Nowitzki once and James twice, because they were the most important players on their respective teams and not necessarily the best player in the league (although you could make an argument about Lebron being the best player in the NBA during his MVP years.) Take away Nash from those Suns team and they would have go down the drain faster than you can run (And that second MVP campaign, Stoudemire was injured for the whole season and had to resort with Diaw as the starting center. See how valuable Nash was?). Same goes for Nowizki, plus that Mavs team had the best record in the league while being 29th in assist per game as a team. And that’s mostly because of Dirk’s brilliant play all season long. As for Lebron, he took the Cavs to the best record in the NBA for 2 straight years basically all by himself while being arguably the best player in the entire league (not necessarily the best during crunch time). And or course, just look how miserably the Cavs now you would understand the value of James on a team.

      Now what about Kobe? He might be the best player of the decade (if there’s such an award, he’ll definitely win it), but those years that he didn’t win the MVP were because those who won them were much valuable and deserving of the award. Simple as that. This doesn’t mean that he is a lesser player than those MVP winners.

      I guess it’s just not the right time for Kobe to win those awards. You can’t have them all. And I bet he is perfectly fine with that. And he won’t trade an MVP trophy for one of his rings. And I’m sure those past MVP winners would trade their awards for a a championship trophy any day. That’s just the way it works.

      So all you people saying Kobe should be the MVP this year better shut up and try to learn basketball and the NBA more.

    • bballwiz says:

      As for my MVP candidates, I would have to say Rose, Howard, Nowitzki, Lebron and Kobe. Clearly, D.Rose is ahead of everyone else for now but his lead is not too big from other candidates. We still don’t have a clear MVP this year. This could go down the wire ’till the last NBA regular season game. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    • bballwiz says:

      All Kobe boot-lickers out there, y’all running out of things and people to blame for Kobe not winning more than 1 MVP award. Before, it was Shaq. Then it was his teammates for not being able to help him out. Then, it was those MVP winners Nash, Nowitzki and James who “stole” the award from him. And now you guys blame the media. What’s next? Blame Obama? Blame Taliban? Blame the earthquake? Geez.

      Just shut up and learn to watch and appreciate the game much better.

  275. HeatH8r says:

    I’ll give it to them that they want to name Derrick Rose as the primary MVP candidate. But LeBron over KOBE?!?!?!? AGAIN?!?!? COME ON! Kobe’s been the primary driving force behind the back-to-back championships the Lakers just won, and he isn’t exactly slacking this year. I don’t mind seeing Derrick Rose win the MVP because of what he’s done with the Bulls, but Kobe has done a lot more with the Lakers than LeBron has done with the Heat. And Kobe’s playing with a messed-up finger! If they’re going to give Rose the MVP, they should AT LEAST extend Kobe the courtesy of being MVP runner-up, because they’ll be howling for the NBA’s blood if Kobe retires and doesn’t have a bunch of MVP awards, and come close to winning a bunch more.

    • Francisco says:

      kobe only shooting 44% during the lakers winning streak, lebron shoots over 60 % during heat losing period, it is about
      team execution, lebron FAR a better layer

  276. myst says:

    my vote is for Lebron James, even miami losses Lebron still consistent
    If everybody would play like Lebron, We would have not lost 1 game vs the Elite. Basically Lebron has shown up to everysingle game vs the Elite and shooting over 50%FG% in most of them and scoring 28PPG, 8.3RPG, 5.8 APG last 6 losses

    Lebron vs CHI- 29points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 12-21 shooting.

    Lebron vs NYK- 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 10-20 shooting.

    Lebron vs ORL- 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 11-16 shooting.

    Lebron vs SAS- 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 11-19 shooting.

    Lebron vs CHI- 26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 10-18 shooting.

    Lebron vs POR- 31 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 14-20 shooting.

    • chITown terp53 says:

      And in all those games they came up losers, and who had a shot at game winners in all but maybe one of those games?

      • Francisco says:

        most shots were 3 points and he was struggling from 3 point line, it was not about closing the game

      • chitownchicken says:

        Just wanted to point out the last game against the bulls he had an oppurtunity to win the game and it was not a 3 pointer. It was a practicully a layup. Just saying

  277. BILL, I AGREE WITH YOU. KOBE HAS THE RINGS, AND HAS ONLY BEEN
    NAMED M V P-ONCE. I THINK IT IS UNFAIR AND BIAS.

    WHO ARE THE JERKS WHO SELECTS “MVPS”. I THINK THE FANS SHOULD
    VOTE.

    IT’S OK THO, HE WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS ONE OF THE BEST BASKETBALL
    PLAYERS EVER.

    @RAFAEL, PLEASE GO LOOK AT CARTOONS, DUDE. YOU SOUND LIKE A _ITCH!!! STOP HATING!

    • Gary says:

      Plenty of players have rings. Should Robert Horry be an MVP? MVP is not based on individual performance or rings. But you could be presented all the facts an info and you would still say Kobe. Go up your knowledge of the game and stop being star struck.

      • Nate says:

        If you say that it’s biased because Kobe has rings and he doesn’t get more MVP’s, then you yourself are being biased to think that just because a player has rings he should get more MVP’s. Rings don’t count towards MVP, why? Because the MVP is for the Season, not the Post Season, you get the Ring after the Post Season… so you see there’s no relevance. Plus just because a player gets more Rings doesn’t mean he’s automatically a MVP, that could constitute to a lot of other things like that player might have a better over all team, better coaching, etc.

      • Jon A. says:

        was robert horry the main guy on those teams?how many teams did he go to get all the rings? Rockets, Lakers and SPurs? Don’t bring Horry in on the discussion.

    • slicholas says:

      ummmmm no the fans absolutely should not vote. you open that up and yao would win every year.

  278. Prodigy says:

    To piggy back what Nick said, yes LeBron does not deserve another MVP!!! Like Nick said he will always have good number. It’s funny how when LeBron is in the discussion for MVP they only look at his numbers. But when everyone else is up for MVP they look at EVRYTHING!!! and i do mean everything. Lets take Kobe for example: yr02-03 he averaged 30pts 7rb 6ast 2stl.no MVP; yr05-06 (81pts) no MVP.. The media hates on Kobe. Either he puts up big number but he doesnt win MVP because he had Shaq on his team so he is doing it w/ a superstar. He puts up big number but he is on a team w/ a loosing records and may not make the playoffs, so the media find their ways not to award this man an MVP. But yet. LeBron puts up big numbers and he is the greatest player every cuz he did it w/ Cleavland or he puts up big numbers w/ Miami but they ignor the fact that Wade is playing on the same team doing big things. Its just sad to see how the NBA MVP votes go about this race. They want LeBron to be the best at everything he does so they will give him his 3rd MVP in a row (2nd undeserving, this last one should have went to Durant) and he will be eleminated out the playoffs again in the second or third round and then find excuses why their MVP didnt win!!!. They say MVP of the “season” but only look at players on teams w/ playoff hopes. So if they do it that way then they should just wait till the season is over and then give out the MVP cuz if you are the greatest playing in the world and cant ever find a way to win a championship then you shouldnt be an MVP.

    • Alex says:

      Few comments:

      1) MVP is for regular season and that’s the way it is. There is no sense to include PO games since teams don’t face the same opponents and they don’t play the same number of games. As you know basketball is a team game so even if you have the best player in the world (assume that it can be unambiguously defined) you may loose PO series simply because the other team is better as a team (even if the best player in the world plays like one in the series). You may say that then MVP award is not important and only ring matters. You have right to think that but don’t say that PO games should be considered b/c it doesn’t make sense

      2) When you talk about Kobe’s stats you need to also look at his filed goal, it wasn’t always very good. I admit I am not Kobe’s fan but I know he is a good player and I think he should get MVP in 05-06 and his 07/08 is well deserved. he was also very close to LBJ in 08/09.

      3) Both LBJ’s MVP were well deserved. Nobody should argue about that (I admit in 08/09 Kobe and Wade were close to him but he was still better, while in 09/10 he was much better than others – I know he had few bad games in PO but again it doesn’t matter for MVP). Remember he won regular seasons with CAVS both times when he got his MVP. Look how CAVS struggle now; this gives a lot of credibility to LBJ MVPs.

      4) Durant?, really???

      4) I don’t think LBJ should get MVP this year. D-Rose and Howard deserves it more (at least up to now).

    • MF246 says:

      I normally just read these articles and read the comments but no truer words could have been spoken. I recall they didn’t give it to kobe because they said the performance of the player had to better the team. Over the past 3 years kobe has got his team to the finals through grown leadership and much selfless style of play. Yet he is continued to be overlooked year after year.

    • Jon A. says:

      I have to take your side on this..Exactly my thoughts!! Lebron becomes hero because of his freakish stats. Kobe gets discredit whenever his team slumps on losing games. that’s not fair treatment.

  279. kb24 says:

    i must the mvp rightnow is kobe and rose is a close 2nd and dirk is 3rd

  280. Roger says:

    The Bulls are an average offensive team because they have 4 offensive players, not because Derek Rose doesn’t do enough.

  281. Nick says:

    Lebron doesnt need to be MVP! Its not just bout the numbers. Lebron will always have good numbers but he cant close games. He cant even make a game winner. Who can win you games? Who comes big in the clutch moments? D-Rose should be MVP hands down.

    • Camille says:

      If this is the logic Nick, if it is about closing games, then everyone knows who should be 10 times MVP!!!!

  282. Bill says:

    Hey Fran, It is already completely inexplicable that Kobe Bryant has only been named MVP of the league once. Clearly the best player in the league for several years with 5 rings. What a farce. At this point he is still great but not as dominant as he once was so it is unlikely he will win another. So, the so-called experts choosing the MVP for the past decade will have to defend why two players with no rings have back to back MVPs (Nash and LeBron) and another who has a great history of leading teams to collapse in the playoffs (that would be Nowitski of course) has the same number as Kobe.

  283. Kel says:

    I agree with Schuhmann. Derrick Rose has been terrific, but he could be putting up these numbers and they’d still be losing if it wasn’t for their defense. Thibs definitely is the biggest reason for their success, in my mind. I really think people are really overlooking Dirk and what he means to the Mavs. He was gone, and they didn’t do so well, now he’s back and the Mavs are winning tons of games. 3rd best in the league behind only the Spurs and Boston. Dwight is also a little bit underappreciated because his team is pretty inconsistent, but that’s not his fault. It’s not his fault when shooters jack up shots all night and momentarily forget about him at stretches of the game. He’s the only reason the Magic are doing as well as they are this year.

    • Matt says:

      Agree, I would go Dwight, Dirk, Rose and Aldridge. Without him Portland has about 7 wins right now. I live on the east coast, but have stayed up to watch Portland lately. Aldridge is absolutely the second best player in the post after Dwight. His defense is improving and he has been on a tear for four months straight now. Aldridge has been a beast.

  284. Rafael says:

    this it how it goes lebron or rose are number 1 and 2 D howard is 3 kobe is 4 and nowisky is 5

    • Joe says:

      Um actually Kobe deserves the MVP award. Lets look at his accomplishments: he keeps moving up on the scoring list, he was all star MVP of the all star game (and dunked on lebron) , he has 5 rings, but only ONE MVP. How many rings does rose or lebron have? ZERO!!! If Kobe ball hogged, he would average like 35 points a game. But he doesn’t and still averages 25 a game. Mainly because of Pau

      • Chicagorrilla says:

        that’s the thing though mvp does not mean how many rings you have. It does not mean how many mile stones you have reached. Lets be honest kobe is probably 4 or 5 in this race. Mvp is what have you done this season and what you mean to your team nothing else. D rose or Howard and Dirk is in a strong third. Chicago probably doesnt make the playoffs with out Rose despite what anyone says how about the defense. When D Rose doesn’t score, they lose. Same for Howard and Dirk. Without Kobe or Lebron, the heat and the lakers are still making the playoffs. So who means the most to there team in the NBA? Probably Rose and Howard.

      • Lebron James says:

        exactly….derrick for MVP.

      • rhys says:

        man… you bring up al the stuff hes done in past year……. and an all star game… thats lie saying yer shaqs MVP coz he won it a few years ago… kobes good but you cant be an MVP when your team has gasol, odom, bynum, artest??? rose is MVP as he carries his team and wins while hes at it

      • Arthur says:

        That is the dumbest, most idiotic comment I have read. The MVP of the all star has nothing to do with the MVP award. Forget about the past… 5 rings… big whoop. Oh and who said the LeBron and Rose ball hog. Kobe Bryant: 4.8 assists Derrick Rose: 8.0 assists LeBron James: 7.1 assists.

  285. Rafael says:

    for all you koby fans he is n ot the mvp is lebron or rose thats it ok and stop talkin stuped things ok kobe is good but not as good as this to player he has been inconsistant in this year

    • kiko_matsing says:

      well.. is leb”rick” consistent this season? check your facts dude..he can’t even finish close games

  286. A Logical Kobe Fan says:

    Most Valuable Player is such
    LeBron James always finishes seasons with good statistics, but never seems to do much more than be a regular season MVP. Considering how the Heat have been playing recently, and James as the “leader” and that Miami is “His Team” (I believe he said that himself, correct me if I am wrong), James should probably be taken down a few notches.
    If D Rose won MVP this year I would not argue that at all. I mean let’s face it, he’s played a great season. I wouldn’t be able to argue if Dwight won it either because he’s done so much this season. But as far as Pierce and Ginobli are concerned, I’m not really sure that they deserve to be in the MVP race. Yes, they have both done a lot for their respective teams, but if the MVP award went to either of them I might just lose my mind.
    Durant’s played a good season, but OKC is coming together as a unit. Their success to me seems to be more of a team effort. The most notable argument is that he and Westbrook have played great together this season.
    Dirk is definitely worthy of mention for MVP as well. He’s had such huge success this season, but it’s been quiet success. The entire Mavericks team is underrated because they are neither the best record in the West, or the defending champions.

    • A Logical Kobe Fan says:

      To finish that first line: Most Valuable Player is such a weird reward. Too often does it focus on every statistical category rather than focus on what player has made his team that much better.
      Last but not least, Kobe Bryant is playing like a true MVP ever since the All-Star break. The Lakers would definitely not have an 8 game win streak without his play, but another part of their success is the contribution of Gasol and Bynum. Most people seem to forget that Kobe Bryant has been playing with a messed up finger over the past two seasons. Despite these injuries, he’s still managed to play at a superior level. I am just not sure that anybody else in the league could do what Kobe does giving his injuries.

      • Tyreeq says:

        Not many players are doing what Kobe is doing fully healthy. Not only the fingers (he has injuries on more than one), but the knees as well. He is still considered one of the best, players in the league. And his teamate contributions are higher this year than ever. Like my man stated earlier, without Kobe the Lakers would be a “pretty good” team. Not the western conference beasts they currently are. Rose is playing great basketball. I can’t lie about that. However his team worth is equivalant is as high as Kobes.

  287. Fen says:

    Bryant, Howard, James, and Nowitzki are the front runners for me. I tend to view that the Bulls success is more based on how good their Coach is than how Rose pulls the team. Those other four players are more essential in my view of how good their team does.

    • john 1234 says:

      derrick does deserve credit he is the best in the league for me right now rose makes every body on his team better respect 4 coach tibbs but with derrick rose the bulls would not be even close to what they are if you think about it he controls the offense with his scoring ability and the way he penetrates the lane to move the offense is undefendable and his deffense has been above par as of late shutting down his competition, 2nd in the east some didnt even predict them to be in the top five but all thanks to rose and his team mind set the bulls are one of the best in the nba

    • HAVE YOU SEEN HIM PLAY. I MIGHT AGREE HIS NOT THE MVP, BUT TO OFFER TOM T ALL THE CREDIT IS AN INSULT TO THE 4TH BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA.

  288. max says:

    D-rose cause he is the only reason the bulls are doing so good. they would not have a chance without him.

    • Rafael says:

      yea d rose is good now you know why they not gonna beat the celtics or heat cause they just have d rose n the other player suck they have beat the heat on close games cpome playoff all you bulls fan will see was gonna happend

      • Kirk says:

        yeah miami will beat bulls with what? 2 superstars and no bench? bulls swept miami 3-0. Rose should be MVP bulls is 2nd on the East with most of the time 1 or 2 injured players. Only now have the bulls got all of their players healthy and you can see the result

      • Ant Hill says:

        Are U serious?!? I would say you have a case with Boston. We have to beat them to prove ourselves worthy. But to say we will not beat the Heat makes me question your sobriety…. We SWEPT them. We swept them. If that was the series we’d be one win from finishing them off. Furthermore. We beat Orlando and the Spurs both of which handed the Heat their lunch. So you are right. None of this matters til the playoffs. But note that my team is winning and the Heat can’t even beat the busters.
        Nuff Said

  289. Jacob says:

    KOBE BRYANT . MVP! MVP! MVP! HE IS THE BEST, AND NO ONE CAN DENY IT.

    • sp4rk says:

      he may be th best as you said but he’s better coz he got big mamals around him….and for other KOBE fans der hu talks a lot ’bout achievements, yeah he is with big mamals behind his back….you guys know that…you think he can reach that so called achievements when he plays without odom,gasol and bynum on his back? hahah!!! MVP must be a guy hu plays not just by his self but to be able to help his team win…the key and heart of the team….it’s not the score every game, beating the buzzer to win games, etc. esp not the ACHIEVEMENTS bra’!!! that’s why LeBron won those 2x MVP coz’ he’s one of the key and heart of his team way back at cavaliers…and at the present it’s clearly been d-rose is taking his spot….he may not be the best like kobe and LeBron but you can say bra’ he’s the reason behind they’re wins (not all the time) but he’s the one mostly and give also credit to tom thibz for his defense tactics…just expressing bra’ lol

      • wag says:

        Well of course he does it is after all a team game. That is the problem with Miami the forgot iy was about TEAM.
        Kobe makes his team great. LeBron ignores his team and basically considers them a waste.

  290. + + says:

    Not taking away the credit on DRose but the Mamba is on the loose and on the rampage in breaking all time scoring list

  291. al says:

    KOBE is the TRUE MVP. Just look at this individual achievements…… Then look at the Team Achievements===RINGS!!! Lebron is overated, a darling of the press BUT NEVER A true Finisher, No Guts No Glory = NO RINGS!!!! Common MVP VOTERS open your eyes DONT PLAY FAVORITISM LETS JUST LOOK AT THE ACHIEVEMENTS, INDIVIDUALLY and RINGS.

    • Derek says:

      I think rings should have nothing to do with the MVP of the season because you get the rings after the season when you win it all in the playoffs. It should be the the out of players with the top 4 or 5 teams in the NBA. I think as far as meaning the most to a team Howard would seem to be the most important with Rose really close behind. Lebron’s numbers are great as always but his team has been having a hard time of late and he hasn’t been closing game out like they need him to. You can never go wrong with Kobe because the lakers are always one of the best teams and his numbers are always great.

      • jacob kane says:

        best comment ive read, not favouring one player or bagging others. all these players are great and you get that

    • jl13 says:

      um its the mvp of the season not pasts seasons what do rings have to do with that?

    • RIngs arnt relevant says:

      Kobe Bryant is an amazing basketball player but his rings have no relevancy in the 2010/2011 season. The Lakers won those rings in previous seasons and yes he should prob have more then just one MVP. But it makes no sense to make him the MVP of a season just because he has won championships before. The MVP award is given to the most valuable player of the current season. If your going to say he should be MVP this season because of his achievements in the past then that’s just like saying saying Jordan should of been awarded MVP when he came back and played for the wizards because he had won rings in the past.

      • wag says:

        While the MVP is for this season and therefore last years stuff does not count, then there are only three in the running
        Kobe, Rose and Howard. If you can’t get out of the first round of the playoffs then you are not very valuable to your team. So the MVP should be based on the full year in my humble opinion. If Rose has an outstanding post season and he continues to play as well as he has been during the regular season then he should be considered. Same thing for Kobe. As well as Howard, but to me since you have a team in the heat based on two “A+” and Bosh and then a supporting cast of well lets say c and d players LBJ has way more of a chance to score high and “look good” by piling up stats. Looking good does not do it for me. LeBron looks good a lot of the time, but tell me this if Kobe has 8 shots to win games in the last ten seconds of a game does he choke, or blow layups consistantly, or does he do what it takes.
        When Kobe’s arm goes numb does he quit like LeBron or go getn it wrapped put on a scoring frenzy and tie the gam up early so he can rest that arm. When Kobe breaks his finger in a game on his shooting hand does he quit or does he
        go get it taped up and have a stellar game. LeBron we know would quit. The other day a guy jamed his finger and quit.
        I am just saying what Kobe does is so far beyond what others do there seems to be no real reason why he does not win MVP regularly. But MVP is about looking good and politics so it is more a popularity contest now than anything.else.

    • Nate says:

      Derrick Rose gets my vote with Howard very close behind. James is still doing his thing, but can’t finish. Kobe is Kobe, but Most Valuable for a team? I think not, the lakers are still a really good team without Kobe, look at his supporting cast, and NO! rings do not count towards this year’s MVP vote. Dirk deserves a good chance too, look what happened when he was out for a short stretch, Mavs were losing games. Still the Mavs are loaded with too many good players to not be legit contenders through out the season even without Dirk. I think if you take Derrick Rose or Dwight Howard out this whole season, each team easily will be -10 more games and fighting for the last playoff spot.

      • Jon A. says:

        Yes Kobe is Kobe, but to say he’s not valuable in his team because he’s got a good team is just not right. The Lakers are feeding off of his energy and his geratness. Yes the Lakers may actually survive some tough games without him, but to take out Kobe from the lakers will give a psychological advantage to most of their opponent just because Kobe is not playing. Can’t imagine the lakers winning it all without Kobe.
        I also agree that rings do not count in the current regular season, no relevance at all. Question is, how far could the Lakers go without him. That’s where my MVP opinion is coming from.

      • Nate says:

        Well, I never said that Kobe’s not valuable to his team, of course he’s the most valuable player on the Lakers. But we’re talking about the league MVP here. Simply said, if you take Kobe out of the Lakers, IMO they will still be a really good playoff team, not a championship team but still a really good team. With Chicago, if you take Rose out, they probably be fighting for the last spot of the playoffs. So the questions is who’s more important to their team, I think Rose is because he means more to their success this year.

    • SO BASICALLY YOU WANNA GIVE THE MVP TO THE BEST PLAYER ON THE TEAM THAT WINS IT ALL. THEY HAVE A TROPHY FOR THAT. ITS CALLED FINALS MVP.

      • AND MAYBE IF KOBE HAD MATURED BEFORE JAMES HIT THE LEAGUE HE WOULD HAVE 3 OR 4. NASH WON THOSE MVP´S CAUSE KOBE, AT THAT TIME, ONLY CARED ABOUT SCORING, NOT HELPING HIS TEAM WIN.

      • wag says:

        If you are writing to me, I did not say they had to win a title to be an MVP, but that have to do great in the playoffs it wont ever happen cause peole are in to popularity contests now winning ways. Notice how few times you now hear
        LeBron called the King now. He is not nearly as popular as he was among some. But among the people who vote who knows. It is just a popularity contest. Love is as valuable as anyone to his team. But he is not in the contest.

  292. Elgin West says:

    here’s a perfect example of why Kobe Bryant is UNDERRATED….he is the MVP……you writers take him for granted

    • sharan says:

      you said it buddy
      btw kobe 1 time mvp
      stev nash 2????????

      • Eugene Perry Jr says:

        I Add, points per game + rebounds per game +assists per game + steals per game +block per game = MVP

      • Lebron James says:

        @ Eugene Perry Jr: if you do that and subtract for turnovers Derrick would have overall: 35 Kobe Bryant: 33.4
        And Lebron would have overall: 39.5 the highest in the NBA…..so your basically saying Lebron for MVP….I’m going for dwight howard to MVP……but the award ain’t based on stats, its based on votes, so i know lebron ain’t winning.
        :

      • NYK! says:

        that sometimes isnt fair tho b?c of the system u play on and or the team ur with

      • kiko_matsing says:

        nash 2 mvp awards… lebr”ick” 2 as well.. but does any of them have championship rings???

      • Gary says:

        Nash and Lebron did more with less thus the MVP’s. Kobe does very well but only for himself. When his team wasn’t the best he couldn’t take them past the first round. MVP is for the player that does the most for their team, can you really say Kobe has (by himself with no other star) done more for his team?
        That being said I go with Dirk, Durant, Rose.

      • Gangstarr says:

        Kobe’s not being MVP is largely affected by (not limited to) Shaq being the best player in the team during LA 1st 3Peat, so could not be the League MVP when he was not even Lakers Most Valuable, when Shaq left LA was very ordinary and Spurs and Suns were bouncing LA in turns and KB was a merely a great scorerer, a volume shooter with an average field goal percentage. KB can do anything, pass, rebound, steal and play defence, he just does not consistently doing (at least at the time) as he is doing in scoring that is why he has been overlooked.There were guys e.g Nash,Nowitzki,Duncan,KG even LBJ who were more valuable in more than scoring that KB was not, not saying they are greater than KB, but during the time they were just more valuable. Jordan’s stats were waaay better than KB and lead the league in scoring for at least 10 years. He is 5 times MVP. He should have been at least 6 times MVP. Just saying MVP is not just scoring or winning the chips I suppose.

      • Win says:

        If you look at the most recent MVP winners, they wound up not winning the championship. It makes me think that this award is a consolation prize for chokers who can’t win the championship.

    • chITown terp53 says:

      If you want to talk about underrated, why aren’t alot of sports writers and people outside chicago giving Derrick Rose the credit he deserves for being the most important player to his team? Look at where the Bulls stand in wins vs. the rest of the NBA, look at the supporting casts as the other candidates have better supporting casts and teams have been healthier than the Bulls. MVP is not just about offense or defense, it is about doing whatever your team needs from you to win games, and Derrick Rose is the most important player on his team which has the 4th best record in the NBA, and the second best in the Eastern Conference. It’s not like he has a Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Russel Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Jason kidd, Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler< Carmelo Anthony, or Jason Richardson, jameer Nelson, and Etc to help out with the scoring load or to create opportunities for them or himself , he is it. The guy hits game winners, improved numbers across the board, controls games with more than just his scoring. Oh, and if Kobe is talked about as not being talked about enough, we had a fellow in Chicago a few years back who should've won MVP every year that he played, but that didn't happen and you didn't hear ppl talking about oh you can't leave him out of the conversation or we better talk about MJ. He won a Championship 6 out of 8 years and didn't win the MVP every year in which he very well should've.

      • IMTHATDUDE89 says:

        You said it playa!!!

      • Matt says:

        This might be the most ignorant post ever. EVERYONE IS TALKING ROSE FOR MVP. I don’t know if you actually watch TV outside of Chicago, but practically everyone has him as MVP. In reality Dwight is the MVP. Rose has Boozer. Dwight Howard has…….Stan Van Gundy?? Exactly. Dwight should be the MVP. Only player in the top 10 in scoring, FG%, blocks and rebounds. Has his team as a top 10 offense and a top 5 defense. Rose’s team only has top 5 defense and middle of the pack offense. Both teams rebound excellent, but the Bulls do not rebound because of Rose, or maybe you could make the argument they do since he misses a lot of shots, the Magic rebound because of Dwight. You can say Rose is the MVP, but please don’t cry that no one, outside of Chicago, is saying he should be the MVP.

      • MH24 says:

        That was one of the most useless/only loving rose because he’s from chicago comment i have ever read! You’re telling me that Carlos Boozer, Noah and Deng are not as valuable to the bulls as Pau/Bynum or Russel Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Jason kidd, Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler< Carmelo Anthony, or Jason Richardson, jameer Nelson are to their teams!? Come on man, get it together! Yes D-Rose should get it because of their standing in the East PERIOD. That should be your one and only reason! If it wasnt for him, they wouldnt even be top 5 in the East. Your other comments and explanations do not make any sense! And the reason why Kobe doesnt get it every single year (which he should) is because the Lakers are expected to do so well. When he was alone with LA, he was the only reason they even made it to the playoffs! if your talking stats than K-LOVE should win it but its has pretty much nothing to do with stats and all about your positioning in the standings.

      • Kobe Bryant says:

        @ Matt Shut Up

      • chiTown says:

        I don’t know if you can read Matt, but in the comment notice that he said jameer nelson and jason richardson. Both being high scoring players. Rose does have Boozer… what about when he was injured? Rose led the Bulls back to the top of the east. What about when Noah was injured? The Bulls went 20 games over .500 while he was gone. You can’t say that Rose isn’t an MVP when he led the Bulls past the Spurs with 42 points when everyone thought that it was going to be a blow out. You know an MVP is an MVP when he beats a team with 3 superstars (one being the reigning MVP), 3 times. Derrick Rose is the MVP.

      • dave says:

        i agree that rose is mvp but you cant say he dosnt have a supporting cast..he has has boozer or noah all season plus luol plays good enough most of the time

      • steagle says:

        Rose underrated!? What are you smoking? EVERY bball analyst has put him at the top of their MVP lists. If you want to talk underrated, look no further than Paul Pierce. He has NEVER in his entire career been given the attention or respect given to his contemporaries like Kobe, Lebron, Stoudemire, Nowitzki or even newcomers like Durant and Rose. Year in year out, he works his ass off for his team without the glory, advertising contracts or constant adoration that the other guys get. Sure, he’s got a great supporting cast. But Pierce is the cornerstone of the group and the team leader and wins don’t lie. If the MVP truly isn’t about stats only, then The Truth needs to be near the top of that list.

      • dylan says:

        so ur sayin Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah dont average double doubles. Your right, Rose is the only good player. you want to talk about a player who deserves it, try kevin love or lamarcus aldrige, even monta ellis who doesnt get any of the credit he deserves should be in the top 10. Next ur gunna say rose doesnt have any players that are good with him, you shud at least look up the bulls roster first considering uo dont no anything about basketball. And now u talk about kobe bryant. are u kidding me. he is 6th overall all time in scoring and u say he couldnt do anything for the lakers. well he actually had no supporting casst once shaq left. lebron on the cavs had a solid team with mo williams antwan jamison and jj hickson starting to become a threat. If u actually know these players then ud realize that ur wrong and u shud keep watchin sportscenter and read the little bar on the bottom cuz it seems like thats the only thing u get your “info” from

    • Shea says:

      dude rose 100 percent deserves the mvp this season, yeah im from chicago but i love kobe i all ways said even thou there will Never be another jordan he is the closest there has been lebron never was anywhere close to it and never! will be, but anyways d rose deserves it this year for sure

      • Kobe_crossovers says:

        STEAGLE – paul pierce IS NOT THE cornerstone of the celtics…What has he done for Celtics??? seriously the celtcis were GARBAGE until KG the big ticket arrived and saved his azz from being mediocre to maybe hall of fame. Pierce is not underrated or overrated, he is rightfully put where he belongs.. If any talks of MVP its going to KG who brought in a defensive minded culture that COMPLETELY CHANGED THE FACE OF the celtics…….since the years of antoine walker and paul pierce days…WHERE THEY GOT NO WHERE in the playoffs.

    • CARMEN says:

      with a name like Elgin West, you know your Lakers. Kobe Bryant has been the unrecognized MVP for the past three seasons. In the end the Most Valuable Player is the one that brings home the Ring.

    • Dean says:

      KOBE should’ve been MVP both year that Nash won, the year Nowitzki won…and Queen James first shoulda been KOBEs fourth! It’s all about heart…and mixed with talent…KOBE is the perrenial MVP.

  293. Isorfeus says:

    OMG that’s so easy EARL BOYKINS! If not him maybe the mvp could be Lucas “The Icecream” Johnson. Those are my two favorites.

    • MVP candidates:
      1.Brian Scalabrine
      2.Kwame Brown
      3.DJ Mbenga
      4.Matt Bonner
      5.Darko Milicic
      6.Brian Cardinal
      7.Luke Walton
      8.Sasha Vujacic
      9.Keith Bogans
      10.Derrick Rose

      • allaround baller says:

        brian i saw u before wearing celtic uniform. thought u were asst coach or a fans uncle

    • OKCKD35 says:

      I am disgusted my two boys aren’t even in this talk, according to the stats doesnt russel Westbrook outperform D-rose in every categoy except PPG? Not even in the talk for MVP? KD the youngest scoring champion in NBA history. (about to be twice?) How can you rule out either because they are on the same team? How is LeQueen deserving when he plays with Wade and Bosh? (just saying as everyone says Durant shouldn’t get it as he plays with westbrrok?) Don’t that stats say LEQueen is # 2 in scoring and D-wade is #4? Yet Wesbrook is 13th? Somehow these numbers don’t add up. Yes i am tooting the OKC horn as they deserve it. Kobe himself said the biggest challenge in the entire playoffs last year was OKC!!!. If we are truly talking MVP. Take a bow mr. dirk Nowitzki. Now everyone take a moment, look at Dallas’ record, now look at dallas’ record when he was injured. There is no player with a bigger difference as far as wins/losses are concerned when a player misses time. and NO D-Rose does not do it all, anyone heard of Carlos Boozer? wasn’t Chicago 9-7 without him? What is their record now? Hasen’t Boozer made the playoffs every year of his career (Jazz). sounds like some great help to me. But when the season is done the real “Big 3″ will have the trophy. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Kendrick Perkins. Enjoy that tidbit haters :)

      • bunbury says:

        I hate the fact that everyone ignores the fact that the western conference is superior. Winning 55 games in the west is a bigger accomplishment than 60 in the east. Due to this fact, we will keep having the mvp coming from the eastern conference for a long time. If everyone values winning as they say, what about a spur winning the MVP.

        Rose is overrated right now. that’s all I am going to say.

      • Dean says:

        I’m sure by now EVERYONE know I’m a huge KOBE fan! He should have at least 3 MVPs by now…but shoulda has nothing to do with now…and I have to say D-Rose is the obvious choice for this season. Boozer sucks! Noah’s tenacity cannot be confused for talent! NOBODY from South Beach should even be considered…since there’s no consistency there and Queen James was lucky to get the first MVP (but I’ll concede he deserved last year’s). Durant and Westbrook are doing well, but not enough for MVP consideration. Dwight Howard might be the runner-up this year…maybe!
        So, in a nutshell, here are the top 3

        D-Rose
        Dwight Howard
        KOBE

    • seriouly? says:

      hahaha