NBA Core's Official Pacific Division 2008-2009 Team MVPs
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No surprise here, Stephen Jackson was the MVP of the Golden State Warriors this season. As one of the captains, he averaged 20.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 6.5 APG to lead them, but the Warriors came off a disappointing season hurt by things such as Baron's decision to leave, and injuries to key players such as Monta Ellis. Throughout the rough ride, Stephen Jackson remained strong and truly symbolizing the Warrior name of his jersey, but in the end it wasn't enough. Though his numbers were impressive, his attitude off the court remained strong as he continued to help this young squad out, and when on the court, try to make them better as well. Yes he wants out of Golden State now, but you can't deny the fact he was a big piece to the team and truly their MVP this season.
Clippers have been the laughing stock of the NBA the last few years, and when they thought Baron and Brand could change that, Brand bolted and Baron had a horrid year. Not to mention, it's hard to compete against Kobe and the defending champs Lakers in the city of LA. But, the Clippers now have some young studs to build around and hopefully it'll result in a bright future for this franchise. Last season, Al Thornton was voted the team's MVP with numbers of 16.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, to add about 1 block and steal a game. He is one of the foundations for this franchise's future, and showed off even more of his skills last season. A tough highflyer is what you get when he steps on the court, and he gives his best. The defending team MVP will have a chance to resurrect the Clipper nation with newly drafted Blake Griffin, and sophomore Eric Gordon to lead the way.
The Black Mamba, KB24, Kooobe Bryant!!.... Yup, no surprise here. Sure he averaged 26.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 4.9 APG in the regular season, then bumped it up in the playoffs to 30.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 5.5 APG in the playoffs, BUT, it's his intangibles that I think makes him so valuable and yes, the best player in the league. His hunger to win, his work ethic, and the way he inserts fear in your heart once he gets it going makes it that much dangerous. His many ways to score and dish the ball, as well as his grit on defense just makes him such a hard player to match-up on both ends of the floor. He led this team throughout the whole season, and then in the playoffs until he finally won his 4th ring, and it looks like with the new addition of bad boy Ron Artest, he has a new sidekick to roll with for the upcoming season.
What do you get when you add one of the most dominant forces to reckon with in the league, a big star outside of he world of the NBA and sports, a personal TV show airing right now. Also, at 37, he still showed that no matter what, he's still a hard 'cactus' to guard. He averaged 17.8, 8.4 RPG and 1.4 BPG and to add an array of entertaining dance moves with the Jabbawockeez in All-Star Weekend, and funny pre-game inroductions, that's right, you get the Big Shaq Daddy himself. Had a healthy season playing in 75 games, and was the Suns anchor down low and stayed a reliable option on offense. Even erupted for 45 points against my Raptors showing he's still got it. It'll be interesting to see how he can now perform as a Cav, and still keep that powerful force in the middle as he did in Phoenix.
One of the upcoming stars that usually gets overlooked in the NBA. Averaging 24.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 2.7 APG, he is a great scorer in this league and is only getting better. Last season, he killed opponents by shooting the lights out on them, and was perceived as just a shooter by many, but did you know he got to the line 10.3 times, second only to Mr. Dwight Howard himself. So as you see, he can either shoot on you, or drive on you, which makes him such a hard match-up and also the Kings' MVP last season. They now have a bright young core with Kevin Martin, Tyreke Evans, Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson leading the way, and I think they will be a fun team to watch as years go along.
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