NBA Core's Official Central Division 2008-2009 Team MVPs

Brian Tran-WilliamsContributor IOctober 25, 2009

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Welcome to my version of Team MVPs, specifically focusing on the Central Division. Our fellow Core members, right at the birth of this site, voted for the MVP of each team respectively. We will now take a look at who were the winners in the Central Division teams, and why.

I will sort the teams from greatest record to least, because this shows how valuable is the MVP of each team.

The MVP of the Cleveland Cavaliers: Lebron James

Season: 28.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 7.2 APG
Playoffs: 35.3 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 7.3 APG

Why: Can any one say monster? This has to be the best player in the league in my opinion. Just look at those stats, look at those playoff stats, amazing. Lebron James lead his team to a 66-16 record, including only two losses at home. Lebron being the MVP of this team is a given, with no one even close. He can score, he rebounds, he passes, what else do you need? Other worthy mentions are Mo Williams and West, but being the captain of this team, Lebron showed he is very valuable by keeping the team with a VERY high chemistry and the league's best defense. Normally we don't see many players get along with someone who scores so much, that's not the case with Lebron.

Strength: Unstoppable, what else is there to say?
Weakness: Relies a lot on athleticsm which won't last forever, meaning he needs a jump shot. 

The MVP of the Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose

Season: 16.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.3 APG
Playoffs: 19.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 6.4 APG

Why: Personally, I thought this guy was overrated when he was drafted, I was a bigger man of Michael Beasley. Boy did he prove me wrong. To be the MVP of your team as a rookie says a whole lot about the rest of the team, but if I were a Bulls fan, I would be extremely happy about Rose. Look at those stats. Look at those playoff stats. A rookie? Never, especially at PG. Once again Rose proved me wrong. He lead his team to a 41-41 record, and those playoff stats show that he can be a very efficient all-around PG. If this was in his rookie year, I am afraid to look at his stats next year. Could be the best PG of the East, but I'm sticking to Harris because I'm a Net fan


Strength: 19-6-6 looks like premature Lebron numbers to me. He's got amazing potential, that 47% FG% is pretty impressive.
Weakness: If he plays defense his coach will give him more minutes, also, he can't shoot 3's for beans (to put it nicely) 22%.

The MVP of the Detroit Pistons: Tayshaun Prince

Season: 14.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.1 APG
Playoffs: 3.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.3 APG

Why: To be honest I really can't think of a defense to justify how he should be MVP, but, as we've noticed, the Pistons are a team going downhill ever since that Billups-AI trade. These stats from your MVP is pretty sad but let's not forget Prince is not all about the stat sheet. He is a great defender his long arms who gives his opponent a hard time. Prince is clearly not a #1 option, he's a Robin at most but nonetheless he was there for all 82 games, starting in all of them and he kept the Pistons with a 39-43 record. what happened in the playoffs though! Lebron's a killer.

Strength: Defense, can find different ways to score, point-forward
Weakness: Not a #1 option

The MVP of the Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger

Season: 25.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.7 APG

Why: This guy is a total beast and is only a 4 year pro. He was the MIP player in the whole NBA and is definitely the MVP of the Pacers. He had some decent players to work with but it just wasn't enough to make the playoffs. It's a pity we didn't get to see Granger in the playoffs because I believe he could have proved something there, stats usually increase there. Oh well, maybe next year. This guy is clearly the franchise player of the Pacers. Lead them to a 36-46 record.

Strength: Amazing scorer at his rate, all around player
Weakness: Needs to experience post season pressure

The MVP of the Milwaukee Bucks: Richard Jefferson

Season: 19.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.4 APG

Why: Redd was down, so RJ was left alone, that is why. RJ did get some help from some of his teammates though. He is still a great player who slashes, shoots, and plays defense. He is a great locker room guy, great chemistry, will not cause team problems. He was there for the Bucks all season, all 82 games and starting, leading them with 19.6 PPG. If Redd would have been there this team would have gone farther. RJ is much better as a 2nd option. RJ lead this weak team to a 34-48 record.

Strength: Great scorer and team player
Weakness: Needs to be a little more aggressive 

So, those were the Core's Team MVPs for the Central Division, which was actually one of the better divisions when it comes to standings all around.