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Kobe Bryant is having one of his best NBA seasons. He’s averaging right around 29 points, five rebounds and five assists per game, and his shooting percentages are among the best of his career.
The problem is that his team isn’t winning, and history has shown that MVPs don’t come from losing franchises.
As well as Bryant has played, even his own coach recognizes that the team needs to win for him to earn recognition. “I don’t think you can put anybody at MVP when you’re below .500,” D’Antoni said (according to Mark Medina of insidesocal.com).
The Los Angeles Lakers have been the most disappointing team of the 2012-13 season, and there’s simply no debating it. If they can turn their season around and miraculously become one of the best squads in the league by April, Bryant will stand a chance.
If they can’t, however, and continue to disappoint those who saw a championship in their immediate future, Kobe will be left behind when it comes to MVP voting.