I have been watching the NBA since I was five and I am currently 19. I have seen every NBA MVP since the Jordan era. I can honestly say that in most seasons the MVP of the league is chosen off hype.
I could go back to the 2005-2006 season when Stave Nash won the MVP. His stats were 18.8 ppg, 10.5 apg, 4.2 rpg, and 0.8 spg. In my opinion, Kobe Bryant should have won it that year. He put up an unheard of 35.4 ppg along with 4.5 apg, 5.6 rpg, and 1.8 spg but, because of the hype, Nash won.
I agree averaging 10 assists a game is pretty note worthy, but Kobe nearly doubled Nash's points per game. The only reason Nash won the MVP was because of the media and hype everyone put on the Suns. Later in the playoffs, if I recall correctly, the Lakers beat the Suns that year, so who should the MVP really have been?
The following season it could be argued but, I believe Dirk Nowitzki deserved to be the MVP because of his teams record.
The season that really ticks me off is '07-'08. I will admit I might be a little bias because I'm a huge LeBron fan but, really now!
Most people didn't pay much attention to the MVP voting that season due to the big trades that happened, especially with the Lakers. The Lakers trade to acquire Pau Gasol stole the media limelight.
Here is my problem: that season, Bryant averaged 28.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.4apg, 1.8 spg, and 0.5 bpg. With stats like that, it is pretty hard to argue against him, especially since the Lakers went 57-25.
Here is the problem: King James averaged 30.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.2 apg, 1.8 spg, and 1.1 bpg. He had better or even stats in every statistical category. Not to mention he had worse people surrounding him and still managed to go 45-37.
If the MVP is supposed to be the most valuable player in the league, why are guys with better stats and who are more important to their respective teams, not getting the MVP award when they deserve it?
The way I view it, the MVP award is it should go to the player with the best stats and who willed their team to win close games.
I also think the media should not be the people who vote on the MVP. I believe the coaches and players should have a vote. The fans should have a percentage of the vote count. Then, and only then, will I not think the MVP voting is basically who the media hyped up the most.