Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade. Need I say more?
These three players are playing at a level that is incomprehensible, unseen out of this world. Day in and day out they bring it, elevating their teams to victories.
All three very good friends and share an incredible bond in, and off the court. They played on USA's team Redemption, and Lebron and D-Wade played for the Eastern all star team.
All three make a very convincing case for who should be this years MVP, but one person stands out. He who has played at a level that he previously has had played before in the finals.
Sorry folks, No LBJ or KB24 here, just "Flash." Dwayne wade has proven that he deserves to be MVP. From dislocating his shoulder, getting swept out of the playoffs, not being allowed to play on USA basketball in 2007 to taking home the Gold metal in Beijing.
Now before anybody comes and says Kobe should have been MVP in 2005-2006, I totally agree, he led his team back into the playoffs, but Phil Jackson's return played a vital part in that to.
Let's also look at the Steve Nash's stats for the season. 18 PPG 10 APG shot a career high in points as well as 91 percent from the strike. Was 51 perent from the field and 43 % from downtown. This would actually be tough, and I seriously think Kobe should have won, Nash did.
The media was leaning towards Nash because of how much he improved from the previous year as well. Kobe's points just went up, everything else fell.
Now that is all cleared up, a MVP is a person who is most valuable to his team even if that team is doing bad, they have already doubled their wins from last year. You take Dwayne Wade away you have a lottery pick team.
Even though they got J.O. he still has not really fit in with the heat, and B-Easy still has some time before he gets to start running the show.
Now I don't want to seem like a hypocrite. Yes you take Kobe away from his 2005-2006 team, that team would stink just as much,but look at Dwyane's numbers from the previous season, then look at what he is averaging now.
Mostly all career highs. 30 PPG, 7.7 APG 2.2 SPG 49% from the field and an ugly 31 percent from three...still an improvement though.
You have probably the greatest player in the world in Kobe Bryant, though he does not need to play like the greatest player in the world as he has others that can do the job as well.
You pluck out KB24 from the lineup, you have Gasol, Odom, and a true point guard in Fisher, that team is good enough to play without their star in Kobe Bryant.
You tell Lebron to take a vacation for a week. They would still do good, not as good as the Lakers, but still good. Big Z, Mo Williams, Boobie Gibson, and D-West all can step up and play, as well as Ben Wallace's defence intensity. Lets not forget Sasha Pavlovic was a starter for the Cavs team a while ago.
So when its all said and done, the King that is going to be left standing is not King James but Dwayne "Flash" Wade.