NBA MVP: Why I'm Right and You're Wrong!

Jeffrey SantonAnalyst IApril 12, 2008

YOU know who the MVP is. Get fired up bloggers and start the assault for your choice.

 The NBA is genius for making the MVP a vague, baseless, unclear award. The passion that erupts into blogs and message boards provides sparks of conversation with overwhelming passion and sometimes even rage.

 This is a debate that is similar to religion and politics. Fans from virtually every city with a contender have their MVP and aren't budging. The MVP has come to be a prestigious award, and regardless of fans' frustration with it's criteria or lack thereof, all eyes remain focused on the NBA's Most Valuable Player award.

The Fact of the matter is, you mold your opinion to fit the player of your choice. A consensus simply can't be made. The phrase "Most Valuable Player" allows the fan to make a compelling case for such a wide range of players.

 If a player scores a lot of points, it's because he is a ball-hog, or plays in a weak conference, or plays a position that is more offense-friendly, or has teammates that give them good looks.

One may be a great defensive player that doesn't get stats that show in the book, or maybe he isn't inspirational enough or motivating guys around him enough. If "so-and-so" had that team, he would have more wins.

 "My guy has more rebounds", yes, because he's a forward. "More assists", he's a point guard. "My guy inspires his teammates to play better," how do you know that? "My guy has a team with a great record," yes, and better teammates - which to some decreases his value.

How do you determine a player's true value to a team? If you were able to see the player's team for significant time without them - to understand the value he brings, that player is injury prone or wasn't there when his team needed them. This decreases the player's value.

The bottom line is that the MVP is an award that centers around speculation. Don't think the NBA doesn't know it frustrates us. That frustration turns to passion, and everyone has his own criteria - which usually just happens to fit the player he likes best.

The MVP award can be summed up and decided very simply. Seven simple words speak to most arguments made for their MVP. 'My dad can beat up your dad!'