Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard: The NBA's Real MVP of 2010-2011

Bart GadburyContributor IIIMarch 24, 2011

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When LeBron James made his "Decision" to move to Miami, not only did he give up his legacy as a franchise player, he also forfeited his reign as the NBA's Most Valuable Player. 

Now, you could debate if LeBron is even the Miami Heat's MVP.

2010 is going to make way for a new MVP of the NBA and everyone has the Chicago Bull's Derrick Rose pegged to take home that honor at season's end.

Almost everyone. 

There is no doubt that D-Rose is the MVP of the Chicago Bulls. Getting acclimated to new personnel, fighting through injuries to Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer and improving his outside game to become a more well-rounded player have all made D-Rose one of the most exciting players in the NBA. Not to mention helping his team to the best record in the Eastern Conference. 

But does that make him the Most Valuable Player in the NBA? No. 

"Value" is more than being the best player on your team or scoring the most points. (I can name three PGs that are better than D-Rose: Nash, D-Will and CP3.) 

"Value" is more than money.

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It's more than statistics. It's more than how many games you win. It is more than championships.

"Value" is intrinsic excellence.

It is desirability. It is dominance. It is elevating oneself. It is being outstanding. It is being the one player that is the most important to the sport. 

There is only one Dwight Howard.

He's had to deal with everything that D-Rose has and more: injuries, trades, improving his game, leading his team to one of the best records in the Eastern Conference.

He takes more of a beating than D-Wade and LeBron combined, and it usually isn't called.

And he still smiles. 

Find me a single team that wouldn't kill to have Dwight on their team. I dare you. 

Ask the players, ask the coaches, ask the GMs and the owners.

No one dominates the game like Dwight does. No one has been this dominant since Shaq.

And honestly, the NBA would be lucky to ever find a player like Dwight again. 

Dwight Howard isn't just the most valuable player on his team; he isn't just the Defensive Player of the Year. He is the most valuable player in the NBA. 

And last I checked that's what M.V.P. stands for. 

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