NBA MVP: Why Amare Stoudemire Shouldn’t Be Mentioned; Why Rose Should Win

February 5th, 2011 by Jason Namey Leave a reply »
The MVP for the NBA regular season is easily the most valid individual award of any sport. 

The NFL version lacks relevance; it’s almost impossible for any non-quarterback to make THAT much of a difference unless he’s videotaping the other team’s defensive signals. The most important person on a baseball team is the random towel boy that provides clean urine for drug tests.

In basketball, however, with only five starters and about eight to 10 players that see minutes every game, one man can turn a bottom dweller into a contender. 

The simple acquisition of Pau Gasol sparked three straight Finals appearances for the Lakers, and he’s not even the best player on that team. 

To be declared the most important player over a season should combine impressive stats, team success and all-around basketball excellence.

The NBA is currently in the midst of one of deepest talent stretches in history due to the extended peaks of players like Kobe, Nash and Nowitzki, as well as the early success of younger guys such as Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Westbrook.

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