Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
Award isn't for "Best Player" of the year. Its for "Most Valuable Player". I know the NBA bascially combines it into one award for some reason though.
By you saying LeBron is MVP and not even close, that logically says D-Wade and Bosh are worse players than PG Felton and Stoudemire.
LeBron is the best player, but I tihnk there is a discussion on who is MVP.
You take LeBron of Heat and I think D-Wade and Bosh could still keep them competitive. Take Carmello off of Knicks and IMO they aren't a playoff team.
To me, "value" is the weighing of a player's positive contributions vs. their negative contributions toward the goal of the game, which is winning. The MVP is the player that has the highest net positive over the course of the season.
Adding in the teammates, which are factors that are out of the player's control, muddies the issue, IMO. Let's say that LeBron is a net +50, while Wade is a +35, and Bosh is a +20, whereas Anthony is a +35, Stoudemire is a -10, and Felton's a -15. Removing LeBron & Anthony from the equation certainly hurts NY more than MIA, but it doesn't change the fact that LeBron has more value than Carmelo.
At some point this became the "guy whose team would be hurt the most if he wasn't there" award, which is really more of a commentary on a team's supporting cast than it is the player himself. That's how we get results like Nash & Nowitzki combining for more MVPs than Shaq & Kobe.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Feb 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM ]