Sorry Dwight Howard, not this year. At least I don’t think so.
I think the Magic’s window has almost closed and I don’t think they will ever be higher than a No. 2 seed in the East. For Howard to win, the Magic would not only have to exceed the 60 win plateau, they would probably need to kick the Miami Heat’s butt while doing it and I just don’t see that happening.
But hey, he can probably look forward to being the only player in the history of the league to capture the Defensive Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons.
And let’s face it, LeBron James is out of contention for the MVP award too, maybe forever.
He’s too hated, too reviled and may even need years to shed the image of “sidekick” or “traitor” after pairing with Wade. Who does that leave us with?
I guess Christmas came a little early for you, KD. Maybe you shouldn’t be complaining about the “lack of competition” after all.
Kobe Bryant should finish in the top three in MVP voting, but look for the Lakers to dial back his regular season minutes as much as possible given that Bryant’s arthritic finger may already be beyond repair and that his multitudinous injuries severely hampered him in the playoffs’ first round.
There’s always Carmelo Anthony, but he would need his Nuggets to utterly rampage through the regular season and that’s somewhat unlikely given the utter strength of the Northwest Division, which is arguably the stiffest in the NBA.
I don’t think that Kevin Durant is a top five player in the NBA when Chris Paul is healthy and I’m not entirely convinced that Durant has supplanted Anthony as the second best small forward in the game.
He’s still Diet LeBron, but that should be enough to win the award this year given that no other star in the NBA has Durant’s workload and opportunity to win.
Not that the Thunder are actual contenders.
Durant crashes the boards and scores at a very high percentage for his age, but until he can take that up another notch and increase his pedestrian 2.8 assists per game, the Thunder won’t be celebrating in June.
But that doesn’t mean Durant can’t celebrate in May.