The Year That Was: 2008's Best Players of Every Sport
Well, 2008 is drawing to a close, and it's time to look back at the year that was. Over the next seven days I'll be bringing you a series of slideshows looking at players from the MLB, NFL, NBA, and the NHL in 2008. Day One is the Best Players, Day Two Comeback Players, Day Three is Most Overrated, Day Four is Most Underrated, Day Five is Most Amazing Moment, Day Six is Most Surprising, and Day Seven is Most Hated. So let's start.
NHL LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The picture says it all: Maurice Richard Trophy, Lester B. Pearson, Hart Memorial, and the Art Ross Trophy. 65 goals, 47 assists, and 112 points.
Alexander "The Great" takes the cake as the Best Player of 2008 for the NHL.
NBA SF LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
30.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 7.1 APG. Lebron gets the pick as the Best Player in the NBA for 2008.
2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
A small guy but a big threat. Dustin was the AL MVP and won a Gold Glove for his play at second base .Pedroia batted .326 with 17 home runs, 83 RBIm and 20 stolen bases for the Red Sox. He struck out only 52 times in 710 at bats.
RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
So far in 2008, the best player has been RB Adrian Peterson. The 23-year-old has run for 1,581 yards and nine touchdowns—which isn't a surprise from a guy who last year broke the NFL single game record for rushing yards in just his eighth game.