OK, I see the hype. I get it; I understand where it's coming from.
But let's get one thing straight: There is only one MVP in this league, and it's LeBron James.
You can hate him, love him, or not even care about him. But that doesn't mean if you were a GM in a fantasy draft, you would not select him number one overall every time. Every single current GM would select LeBron James number one overall, and they would and should be fired if they didn't.
The fact that no one else can really be thrown in there makes the selection for MVP this year quite simple.
Now, there are plenty of great players in this league. There are plenty of players who deserve MVP consideration. That doesn't mean they should win it, though.
Let me give you all a little history lesson:
Michael Jordan was the best player of his era, yet he only won the MVP five times in a 14 year career through 1998. Shaquille O'Neal is arguably the most dominant player of all time. He won it once, and his prime spanned from about 1995 to 2003. I understand that the NBA tries to mix it up so it won't be the same guy every year, but doesn't that just taint most of the award selections then?
Okay, fine, I can live with that, but only if the MVP represents true accomplished greatness. There have been plenty of those; in the past decade, Tim Duncan has won it twice, that's fine, considering he is arguably the greatest PF ever.
If you were a GM, would you take LeBron first?
Here is where it just gets mind boggling.
In 2001, Allen Iverson won the MVP award. Really? You mean to say Allen Iverson was a more valuable player than prime Shaq? Yeah, I thought so. How about Steve Nash's second MVP? You have got to be kidding me. During that time, Kobe and Wade were allowing us to forget about Jordan with brilliant play of their own.
That year, Kobe was legendary in scoring the basketball. That same year, Wade was showing his inner early Jordan with deadly slashing abilities. Wade also went on to win the NBA championship and put on arguably the greatest finals performance ever.
The year Dirk Nowitzki won the MVP, Kobe Bryant was schooling everyone in his path and was easily the best two-way player in the game (Wade was injured and we didn't realize until later that year how great LeBron was). Dirk was eliminated by the eighth seed in the first round of the playoffs (Woops!).
The following year, when LeBron James' utter dominance began to get recognized, they had to give Kobe his "make-up" award, and were forced into snubbing LBJ.
The following season was actually a very interesting one. LeBron James won the MVP, one he deserved, by then, because he really was the NBA's most VALUABLE player. Yet, if you watched Dwyane Wade that season, I think most people would have been fine with him winning it. Finally, last year LeBron James won the award easily, again, and rightfully so. Again.
Fast forward to today, and here we are having to put up with absolute morons trying to shove Derrick Rose in our faces as the MVP for the year.
Why? I don't know if there is a singular reason for that. They hate LeBron James, or they want to REALLY mix it up, or maybe they want to relive Chicago Bulls glory like they did in the 90's. Whatever the reason may be, I don't care. I want them to get this right. I want them to do the right thing because I love the NBA, and I believe in truth, fairness, and justice.
Not a single person would pick Derrick Rose over LeBron James to start a team. Not one. If you would, then believe me, anyone who knows anything about basketball will not listen to anything else you have to say relative to the NBA.
It isn't about bias, or choosing with your heart. This is a business; and in business, you'd better make the right choices for the company (i.e. the team), which would entail that you would of course choose LeBron James if given the chance!
Derrick Rose is a great player. Please don't look at this as hating, because I would take Derrick Rose on my team any day of the week. But Rose is far from being the best player in the NBA, so he should not even be considered an MVP right now.
I know what some of you may be thinking; I didn't complain about Nash's first MVP, I let that one slip because he reinvented himself in Phoenix. Nash brought back the "run n' gun" style of play to the Suns, and made them an actual threat in the West.
While Rose is one heck of a player, there are too many players that are more important in this league than he is. Those players are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and, of course, LeBron James. Players that many GM's may also consider to pick before Rose for their own teams include Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony.
Aside from that, let's get real and accept that Rose is not even the Bulls' MVP. It's their team defense, which of course is orchestrated by a legit COY candidate in Tom Thibodeau. Tom T's coaching has more to do with the Bulls' success than that of any individual player on that team. That said, Rose is actually one of the worst man to man defenders on the team.
Let's break Rose's game down for a second. If your a biased Bulls fan, don't bother reading from here.
Rose is averaging 25 PPG, 4 RPG, and nearly 8 APG. Those are nice numbers, but let's look a little closer. Derrick Rose is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. Excuse me if I am far from impressed at that pitiful FG percentage for an "MVP." Second, Rose is a PG, correct?
Well, how can a great PG not average double digit assists per game? I'm sorry, but I see true PG's like Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash, and Deron Williams all averaging double digit assists and they are all pretty damned good players too. They all can also drop 30 points on any given night (Except Rondo). Rose also shoots 32.8 percent from three point land. Wow, that's awesome (Not).
Like I said before, Rose is an average man to man defender at best. He can rack up his one steal per game, but that doesn't mean squat when it comes to being a truly great defensive player. His man to man defense is simply not good. Rose is a score first PG, which is not a mentality that is appreciated from a position that requires creating before scoring.
Let's look at something else very important. Rose is getting a lot of love from the refs these days. Superstar calls happen, but this is getting ridiculous. Allen Iverson might not have deserved the MVP, but at least he was a true slasher. AI always took the contact and earned his way to the stripe. Rose avoids contact all the time and is getting so much love from the refs that he finds no need to do it any other way. This year, Rose is also averaging a career high 3.5 turnovers per game.
Rose might be up on the assists, but he is a more reluctant passer than people believe. I've seen plenty of close games for the Bulls, where Rose decides to go into chucker mode thinking he can hit every shot. He does hit some shots, he'd better, but he misses even more; and many of the times that he has, he's gotten a couple of bail out foul calls along the way.
Once again, this is not me against Derrick Rose. I don't hate the Bulls and I don't hate Derrick Rose. This is me calling for justice, and taking a stand against the sleazy media bureaucrats who try to brain wash mindless or average basketball fans to believe Derrick Rose is the NBA's most valuable player: BULL.
LeBron James is the NBA's most complete and dominant player in the game today, and has been for the past 3 years. No player is absolutely perfect, but LeBron comes the closest. Heck, Dwight Howard does more for the Magic than Rose does for the Bulls.
People want to talk about what the Bulls would be without Rose? Wow, what would the Magic be without Howard? SCARY BAD. Let's not even start with Cleveland without LeBron. Give LeBron his third straight MVP and get it over with; stop the madness.
Before James went to Miami, there were a lot of people, "experts" included, who said James was the MVP every year and they didn't even know how many the guy could win. A lot of those same people have turned around and forgotten that they said that.
It's all about bandwagon for the media, and they take the bandwagon fans with them. Screw that garbage, I'm not buying it, and hopefully more people learn the truth.
The NBA is LeBron James' kingdom; all the other players just live in it.