I recently read a book called "The Book Of Basketball", written by Bill Simmons. (Anyone who ever goes on ESPN.com will know him as the Sports Guy, almost a freak of nature who knows everything there is to know about the NBA)
Anyways, though a small portion of it, Simmons incorporates the MVP candidacy in his book.
He explains why it's important, but also the many faults in the voting. He takes us through the history of it, and how he decides on an MVP.
Here is how he would do it:
First and foremost, he would ask himself and then ponder on these questions:
1.If you replaced each MVP candidate with a decent player at his position for the entire season, what would be the hypothetical effect on his team's record?
2. In a giant pickup game with ever NBA player available and two knowledgeable fans forced to pick five man-teams, with their lives depending on the games outcome, who would be the first player picked based on how everyone played that season?
3. If you have an MVP pick, and you're telling your friend, but he has a different fan, will he still understand where you're coming from with your pick?
4. Ten years from now, when you're looking back at this year, who will you remember?
If you have any disagreements or agreements, please do comment.