Its that time of the year again, as the regular season winds down we are left to answer two questions about this 2008-09 NBA season.
Who will win the NBA Finals?
Who will win the MVP?
The first question will play out before our very eyes in the next couple of weeks, but the second question is a quandary that leaves us all a bit perplexed. History tells us that the best player on the best team has a strong chance to win it. (LeBron) Carrying your team through stretches of time with teammates on the mend and yourself injured means a lot to voters as well. (Kobe) Or you can look at it with the "how much does this one person make us competitive/relevant/not-horrible" angle and history serves that precedent as well. (Wade)
In this 3-part series, we will look at LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade as we will make the case for each of the 3. Honorable mention must go to Dwight Howard and Chris Paul (Who realistically, should be getting major votes for their teams success. Would their teams make the playoffs with someone average in their positions?) Chauncey Billups also deserves tons of credit as the Nuggets are a firm #2 seed in the Western Conference after being traded for Iverson. Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, and Brandon Roy (my new favorite player in the league) all deserve some spotlight as well.
However, it ain't about them right now. King James, Black Mamba, Wade County. Choose up.
Part 1 tomorrow...
Feel free to check out last year's pieces on Kobe, KG, and CP3...
Kobe - http://www.edthesportsfan.com/2008/04/black-mamba-for-mvp-ugh.html
KG - http://www.edthesportsfan.com/2008/04/kg-4-mvp.html
CP3 - http://www.edthesportsfan.com/2008/04/mvp-4-cp3.html