Around this time of the NBA season one begins to hear rumbles of favorites for the various regular season awards.
Blake Griffin for rookie of the year.
Most improved player: Love, Westbrook, Aldrige, Beasley
The most discussed award, for good reason, is the Maurice Podoloff Trophy which is awarded to the leagues Most Valuable Player. The most coveted individual award in the league has gone to many Hall of Famers since it's inception after the 1955-56 season including; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a record six times, and Michael Jordan and Bill Russell tied with 5 apiece.
But what is it that seals the deal for these talented award recipients?
Is it overall team success? Individual importance to your team? Points per game average? Triple double count? Number of posterizing throw-downs?
Of course a number of factors must be weighed to accurately determine the NBA's true "most valuable player" but there is no simple formula to plug all the numbers into. The winner is determined by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who each bring their own individual opinion, and vote, to the table.
We will explore the NBA MVPs over the past ten years weighing their performances against each other. Then, using this analysis, we will attempt to determine this seasons most likely winner if the voting were to happen today.