In years past, the NBA's most valuable player stood out more than any other player in the league. Leading their team to a new level of play and just astounding those who watch with just fantastic numbers, leadership, and an overall desire to just flat out win. Lately, the MVP race has only become tighter, with the evolution of the athlete and a change in play, players statistics are only on the rise with more fast paced, high octane offenses.
The reigning MVP Kobe Bryant has led the Lakers to the best record in the NBA and probably the overall number one seed in the playoffs. LeBron James has led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the best record in the Eastern Conference even with his new sidekick Mo Williams. Then, Dwayne Wade, whose not only lead the NBA in scoring but after coming off a season riddled with injuries (in which the Miami Heat won only 15 games) he has carried the load for Miami's offense and put them in playoff contention.
But which out of these three extremely talented players has earned this seasons MVP award? Or could it be going to someone else, like Orlando's Dwight Howard or New Orleans own Chris Paul?
Here's the case for each of these five outstanding NBA stars:
- Dwayne Wade - Flash has had a resurgence this season, devastated by injuries last season, he put his name back on the this as one of the premier players in the league with his player in the Olympics. Leading the league in scoring all season, Wade is averaging 29.3 points per game. However, over his last eight games, Wade has destroyed opposing teams averaging just a shade over 38 points per game. The Heat who only won 15 games last season are 34-29 and control the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
- Kobe Bryant - Last seasons MVP, Bryant is looking for a second shot at winning his first NBA title since the departure of former teammate Shaquille O'Neil. Bryant is one of the top scorers in the league averaging 28.1 points per game. But it's not just what Bryant is doing on the floor that is getting him consideration for his second MVP award. He's become a leader in the locker room as well, after Andrew Bynums he held his teams head together, as they continued their dominance. With a record of 50-13 the Lakers have the best record in the NBA and are working their way to hopefully earn home court advantage through the playoffs as their superstar plays with such ferocity that sometimes its hard to think Bryant would ever let his team lose.
- LeBron James - King James is having probably one of the more successful seasons of his career. At the Top of the Eastern Conference standings James has propelled his team to 49-13 record and is fighting for the number one seed against the reigning NBA champion Boston Celtics. Averaging 28.5 points per game, James is just ahead of Bryant as the NBA's second highest scorer. James isn't having to carry the Cavs by himself this season either as they acquired explosive point guard Mo Williams from Milwaukee. James numbers (even with a sidekick) are still incredible and has made a lot of noise to make his case for the MVP award.
- Dwight Howard - The new age Super-Man, Howard has become the dominant interior presence not only in the Eastern Conference but in the NBA. His development has not gone without production from his team, who have only gotten better each year that he has been in Orlando. The Magic, who last season were defeated in the 2nd round of the playoffs by then two seed Detroit are now one of the premier teams, with a record of 46-17 the Magic control the third seed. Averaging 20.9 points per game and 14 rebounds per game, Howard leads the league in double doubles and has been an interior force both offensively and defensively.
- Chris Paul - CP3 didn't have the start he wanted his team to have this season, as they struggled early. Injuries lingering through some of their key interior players such as Tyson Chandler who they traded to Oklahoma City only to have him sent back as the trade didn't go through because of a toe injury that had been evident since the USA Olympic team started practicing in which he participated. Paul is averaging just over 21 points per game and 11.1 assists per game. The Hornets are 39-23 and are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings.
Stars that are just outside the top five:
- Chauncey Billups - Denver Nuggets
- Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
- Brandon Roy - Portland Trail Blazers
- Deron Williams - Utah Jazz
- Yao Ming - Houston Rockets