2010 Weekly NBA MVP Race
This MVP race is meant to give you a rough idea of how this season's best players have been performing. I will be judging the candidates by team record, stats, and leadership, not necessarily in that order.
Overall record is key because to show you are the MVP you need to win. Charles Barkley said the definition of MVP these days is the best player on the best team. I will not necessarily be following Sir Charles' logic, however. I will be updating the MVP once very week.
1. LeBron James
LeBron James is number one on this list because he has beat the Lakers twice this season and scored 38 points the last time they met. After Lebron and Kobe no one else is a true contender for the MVP.
Right now LeBron is slightly ahead of Kobe because he has a better record on a worse team. He has the best averages with 30 points, 7.8 assists, and 7.2 rebounds. Basically he is a monster.
To add to his greatness his field goal percentage is 50 percent. They look dangerous come playoff time with LeBron leading the way.
2. Kobe Bryant
The black mamba has been struggling lately. He's behind Lebron because he has had awful shooting nights against Orlando he shot four of nineteen, Kobe's average from the field this year is 45 percent. He has had an on going finger injury and more recently, back spasms which he suffered against the Mavericks.
Although, he came back in the second half and hit a crucial fadeaway to tie the game in the last minute. Yet, he has averaged 27 points in his last three games. The other reason why he is NO. 2 is because the Lakers are one game behind the Cavs.
3. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo as been underrated since his rookie year due to the shadow cast by LeBron. Yet, it is debatable that he could of won rookie of the year over LeBron.
Carmelo is No. 3 on this list because the Nuggets have a record of 30-14. He is having a breakout year this year averaging 29 points, and playing more consistently. He is behind Kobe and LeBron because he doesn't have that same killer instinct that Kobe and LeBron have.
4. Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk is one of the best closers in the NBA this year. He is unstoppable, averaging 26 points, and shooting 48%. Dirk is leading his team to an overall record of 30-15. He is number four on this list because his record isn't as good as Kobes, LeBrons, or Carmelos.
Also, his stats aren't as good, and he is not as deadly as the top three candidates. He is the best shooting big man in the NBA by far.
5. Kevin Durant
The Martian is making a name for himself in his third year in the NBA. Averaging 29 points and 7 rebounds. Leading his inexperienced team to a record of 24-20. Durant is shooting the ball well this year at a field goal percentage of 48 percent.
Durant is becoming an elite player, he can create his own shot and has the ability to take over games.