The MVP Race: Week 2 & 3

Joey MillsContributor INovember 29, 2008

The MVP Race: Week 2 & 3

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

I haven't posted a new "The MVP Race" in a couple weeks now.  Sorry, I have just not felt like spending time to write it.  But now I'm back and will be posting the new editions on this site.  So, Happy Thanksgiving Day (even though thanksgiving was two days ago) and hopefully everyone had a lot of turkey.

Just Missed Out: Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Derrick Rose, Brandon Roy

10. Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks / Team Record: 7-8

Last Edition: 18

Dirk has quietly led the Mavericks back into decency this season.  They started out 2-4, but then Dirk went on a tear and had some huge games.  He brought them back and won the game against the Knicks, and was the reason they had the lead on the Lakers before the Lakers game back and won.

9. Chauncey Billups Chauncey Billups, Nuggets / Team Record: 10-6

Last Edition: Not Ranked

Ever since Billups joined the Nuggets, they have been doing great.  He is the defensive-minded veteran point guard that they've always needed.  He isn't shooting great right now, but he is setting up his teammates for easy scores and making them play defense.

8. Paul Pierce Paul Pierce, Celtics / Team Record: 15-2

Last Edition: 13

Pierce has been the leader of the Celtics this season.  He has won them games that they were trailing in and looked like they might lose.  He hit the game winner against the Hawks, and just so happened to get to the free throw line when he got the ball in the clutch.

7. Chris Bosh Chris Bosh, Raptors / Team Record: 8-7

Last Edition: 5

CB4 had been a stats beast this season, but the problem is that his team isn't winning.  Its not his fault, but you can't be higher with a .500 record and some bad games (vs. Celtics).  Once Jose Calderon, Bosh, and Jermaine O'Neal are all together, the Raptors record will improve and Bosh will move up on this list.

6. Dwyane Wade Dwyane Wade, Heat / Team Record 8-8

Last Edition: 6

D-Wade has been amazing this season, he has some of the best all-around stats in the NBA, including blocking 1.7 shots per game as a 6'4" shooting guard.  I know I said for Bosh that even with his amazing stats he can't be higher with his teams record, Wade has better stats and a worse team than Bosh, so he is ahead even though his team has lost one more game than Bosh's.

5. Tim Duncan Tim Duncan, Spurs / Team Record: 9-6

Last Edition: 16

Big Fundamentals has led the injury plagued Spurs to an 8-6 record and eighth seed in the tough West.  Even though that doesn't seem good, it is because Manu and Parker were injured and the only other people on the team were all old.  He will move down on this list once Manu and Parker return though.

4. Dwight Howard Dwight Howard, Magic / Team Record: 12-4

Last Edition: 10

DH12 has been a rebounding beast this season, like always.  He leads the league in blocks and is second in rebounding, but he will probably be first in rebounding by the end of next month.  His team also has a really good record.

3. Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant, Lakers / Team Record: 13-1

Last Edition: 2

Even though Kobe's stats suck (compared to recent seasons), his team is no. 1 in the league and would be undefeated if it wasn't for a bad game against the Pistons.  Kobe hasn't done much, but without him the Lakers wouldn't be favorites and wouldn't have this good of a record.

2. Chris Paul Chris Paul, Hornets / Team Record: 9-6

Last Edition: 4

CP3 has the same story as D-Wade and CB4, except for the fact that his team has a better record and he is in the Western Conference.  The Hornets record is mediocre, but they have had injuries to Morris Peterson, Tyson Chandler, and Peja Stojakovic so far this season.

1. Lebron James LeBron James, Cavaliers / Team Record: 13-3

Last Edition: 1

LBJ23 has been insane so far this season.  He has huge stats and his team is second in the East.  Mo Williams and James has turned out to be a much better duo than anyone expected.  The Cavs won't be able to keep up this pace all season, but James will be able to keep up these stats all season and they will have a top seed in the East.

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