We're a little over halfway through the NBA Season, and after reading a "guess the blind resumes" article on the worldwide leader, about NCAA Teams getting into March Madness, it inspired me to do the same about the NBA MVP situation. Take it with grain of salt.
Player A: 28.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.9 APG, 44% FG, 27.5% 3PT, 6.5-7.9 FT @ 82%.
23.9 PER, while his team is in the middle of the playoff pack in his respective
(Between 3rd and 7th place in the standings).
Player B: 28.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, +1 SPG/BPG, 50% FG, 37% 3PT, 6.4-7.6 FT @
27.24 PER, while leading a team head a shoulders #1 in respective conference.
Player C: 27.6 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 6.8 APG, 55% FG, limited taken 3's, 6.5-8.4 FT @ 77%
33.14 PER, while team is #1 in respective conference.
Player D: 25.4 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 2 APG, 45% FG, 36% 3PT, 7.1-8.6 FT @ 83.4%
24.98 PER while team is just looking from the outside in, playoff hunt.
(between 7th and 10th place in respective conference).
Player E: 19.7 PPG, 8.3 APG, 3.5 RPG, 2.2 SPG, only 2.2 TOPG, 49% FG
41% 3PT, 3.9-4.6 FT @ 85%
25.99 PER while team is a top 3 team in conference
Player F: 22.4 PPG, 7.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.8 TOPG, <1 SPG/BPG, 46% FG
33% 3PT, 4.8-5.9 FT @ 81%
25.09 PER while team is a top 3 team in conference
Obviously I am leaving out some contenders here, but this is the jist of the MVP conversation. I almost threw in a sneaker..somebody who nobody would expect to EVER win MVP this year, but has the stats that would surprise some.
I'm sure, if you've been following the season with any real cause, you can/might recognize who these players are. But without intentionally looking..rank these players top to bottom! Enjoy.
C) Bron (they are currently in second place in the East)
D) Kevin Love
E) Chris Paul
F) Derrick Rose
G) Why are we doing this?
My rankings of these players for MVP:
1) LeBron James
2) Kobe Bryant
3) Kevin Durant
4) Chris Paul
5) Kevin Love
6) Derrick Rose (could move up, but has missed some time this season which has hurt him)
I posted it because people A LOT of the time just look at raw raw numbers (like PPG), and the name of the player, and assume he must be an MVP Candidate.
Ya know, just like YOU did, by listing Kobe 2nd?!?!?! In your MVP race. Is that a joke?! KOBE? THIS YEAR?
Come on, Mikey. Come on.
So .. in my own opinion..
3. Chris Paul
4. Kevin Love
6. Rose. And just like you said, Rose could move up, the missed games has hurt his cause a bit.
The fact that the 2nd and 3rd best players on Miami are better than the 2nd and 3rd best players on OKC tend to sway my argument towards Kevin Durant. But Lebron is having a historically immaculate season. Hard to keep him out of the top spot. Still have a lot of season left. But above all else, Kobe should barely be cracking the top 5..if he's lucky. Not even in the conversation for top 2-3. Come on.
So .. in my own opinion.
That’s a different kind of power and influence. That’s juice.
Tim Pernetti (9): The Rutgers AD has now hired a football coach and a men’s basketball coach. But as the landscape continues to shift in college sports, can he assure that the Scarlet Knights remain in the national conversation?
Bob Hurley Sr. (6): After another undefeated season at St. Anthony, the Friars reload. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach has nothing left to prove but just keeps plugging along in Jersey City.
Jerry Reese (22): In August, he was skewered for not making enough moves. In February, he won the Super Bowl. Seems like the Giants GM deserves a little bit of a cushion this year. Maybe until October?
Utah is another logical choice, simply because they’ve been there before and only got better this offseason. Unfortunately for the Jazz, if the Blazers, T-Wolves or Warriors play up to their potential, each team is a better overall squad.
Waiters again played a lot of backup point guard, and on this night, he was much better than reigning rookie of the year Kyrie Irving (more on that in a minute). While Waiters wasnt drafted fourth overall for that reason, its nice to know he can maybe rescue the club when Irving is way off.
"I like the way he played," Gentry said of his new-old point guard. "You know, he's getting himself in better condition where he can really push the ball and run."
Beasley, who made half of his 8 shots and scored 10 points Friday, is working at small forward and – thanks to the Corner keeping both sides of the defense occupied – could have several post-up opportunities without weak-side defensive corruption.
"I tell Steve, you won MVP but I was playing with Smush Parker," Bryant said. "He's playing with [Leandro] Barbosa. I'm playing with Smush and Kwame [Brown]. My goodness. Smush Parker was the worst. He shouldn't have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. We let him walk on."23223
"It's taking us a little time in making the right reads," Suns assistant coach Elston Turner, who assisted Adelman for several season in Sacramento and Houston, said when asked about the Corner offense before the game. "But we'll get it. It fits our guys pretty well."
“I’ve been on courts and seen things firsthand but it really doesn’t matter because, when you do it yourself, it’s totally different,” Rivers told HOOPSWORLD.” It’s the same experience I share with everybody. A lot of these guys weren’t able to have the opportunities I was blessed with, with my father. At the end of the day we’re both in the same boat when it comes to playing on that floor because I still haven’t done that until this point. You’re speechless when you get out there and you’re so excited and you just want to do everything right. This preseason has been huge for me just because I get to see what I need to work on.”