MVP: Popularity Contest

J LeeContributor IFebruary 27, 2008

There's still a third of the season left to play, and the buzz on the web is the MVP award.  Currently the top candidates are: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and LeBron James.

My pick?  Of course, as a Lakers fan, I’m going to pick Kobe Bryant.  Who’s actually going to win the MVP award?  Does it really matter? 

The MVP award is just a popularity contest in the NBA.  There is no real way to weigh the criteria for the MVP award; it changes from year to year.

If the MVP was a player that put up the best stats then Kobe Bryant should have won the award the last two years, and LeBron James should win the award this year.

If it's assists and making teammates better, then point guards Steve Nash and Chris Paul should win the award.

If being the best team in the NBA is what it takes then the award should be split three ways for the Big Three in Boston.

But it's a popularity contest.

Nash won two in a row because he was the “pioneer” of fast break basketball.  Not that I’m implying that Nash didn’t deserve to win the award at the time, but when Nash deserved the award last year, his popularity was worn out.

Last year it was popular to have the best record, and Dirk Nowitzki won the award.  The fans loved the Dallas Mavericks because they were going to “de-throne” the San Antonio Spurs. 

The Spurs won anyway, and Dallas was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the eighth seed in a best of seven games series.

Sticking to one popular thing each year would make things it much easier.