An Early Look at 2009-2010 NBA MVP Contenders

Danny DukkerCorrespondent IIApril 27, 2009

12 Jun 1998:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls holds up the MVP trophy before the Eastern Conference game against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 104-98. .  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

This year it is pretty obvious that the MVP will be LeBron and there is no point in arguing.

However, looking on to next year—who will win?

The hardest thing about winning MVP is actually getting your team to get 50 wins. In my honest opinion, D-Wade could have won the award if his team got enough wins.

Now don't get mad, LeBron fans—James is a great player and will own the league. However, D-Wade does have an edge in one category: defence.

Alright, alright—I'm getting off-topic.  Back to the point at hand.

My top ten picks are:


10. Kevin Garnett

Normally he would be a lot higher on this list, but there is something pulling him back—his knee.

He played only 53 games this season.  Now this may sound like a lot—but for a player of his caliber, it's disturbing. He didn't play in the playoffs yet and it is obvious that that knee of his is in relatively bad condition.

Now he might bounce back, but so many players have had their careers ruined by injuries (T-Mac, Bynum, Oden already, Livingston). This could be just another injury, but it could also be just another career stopper.


9. Dirk Nowitzki

He still manages to average more than 25 points a game—and he is still only 30. If he can step up his game just a little bit, he will end up moving past a lot of these guys.

Getting 50 wins is also a must. This guy is very underrated—and if Hasselbeck is cool with him, how can you not be?


8. Tim Duncan

This guy has averaged a double-double in every one of his NBA seasons. Yet he is still the biggest 'maybe' on this list.

I remember a couple of weeks ago me and my friend were talking about the NBA. His son walks in, and it just happened we were talking about the Spurs. When he heard the name Tim Duncan, he said: "Who's that?"

Now aside from being funny, it is the said truth of the NBA. Duncan does not do anything exciting or amazing. He hasn't dunked from the free-throw line and most likely never threw down a windmill. There is only one word that can describe him: consistent. That's a hard thing to come by these days.


7. Kobe Bryant

I don't even want to imagine the hate mail I will get for putting Kobe at number seven. To be honest, I always thought he was overrated. I mean his numbers are not top-three material—especially with his team: Fisher, Oden, Farmar, Gasol, Bynum, Ariza, Vujacic. Considering his team, he should average the numbers he does.

Alright, say what you want—this is my opinion combined with fact. I have seen Kobe explode, but I have also seen him go ice cold, a little too often. He is too inconsistent to be any higher, I'm sorry.

6. Brandon Roy

I want to put him in the top five, but again I can't. He has become dramatically better and has stepped up as his team's best player. If he keeps on going at this pace, he might be in the top three before you know it.


5. Deron Williams

He passes, he shoots, he wins games, he is the best on the team, and he has a cool-ass beard. You cannot beat that!(well you can, but just play along). He is a great player. In my opinion, he has the second-most potential out of any player in the league.


4. Chris Paul

Arguably the best point guard in the NBA. He can pass and he can shoot when he needs to. This kid is a great player and he is the youngest player on this list. If this kid keeps going, he is bound to win an MVP some day.


3. Dwight Howard

The best center in the game today. He can rebound, he can block, he can score, and he can't shoot free throws for his life. A great center. This kid is the second-youngest player on the list and probably will win an MVP very soon.

The scary part is, I don't think this kid is at the top of his potential yet! He will be great and there is probably nothing you can do to stop him. However, I wouldn't compare him to Shaq—he has to break a couple of rims first.


2. D-Wade

In my opinion, he is more skilled than anyone on this list, but his team isn't. Unless he gets Jesus in the draft, his team will not win 50 games.

But I want you to understand what I mean. If wins didn't count D-Wade would be number one. The most-skilled player in the league.


1. LeBron James

The guy on this list with the most potential. He will most likely get 50 wins, especially with a good draft pick. He can defend, score, rebound, he is the complete package. The second-most talented man in the league.

He will win the award unless he gets hit by a train. Actually in that situation, I feel bad for the train...


Honorable mentions

Chauncey Billups - Needs to contribute more.

Tony Parker - Inconsistent.

Carmelo Anthony - Needs to contribute more.

Amar'e Stoudemire - Great player, but that injury is what bothers me.