2011 NBA POY Watch 12/18
My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.
Player (Last Week’s Rank)
1. Dirk Nowitzki (1)
Way, way out in front.
2. Deron Williams (2)
That loss to New Orleans was bizarre, but it’s still just one game. Day in and day out, among the inarguably good teams, no one is carrying their team more.
3. Manu Ginobili (3)
Two game winners in one week. Not bad.
4. Derrick Rose (5)
5. Russell Westbrook (4)
With Kevin Durant rounding into form, it’s hard to keep Westbrook above Rose at this point. Of course, the Bulls just lost Joakim Noah to injury so we’ll see how that turns out.
6. Chris Paul (6)
The good news: The Hornets win a couple games this week including a huge win over the Jazz.
The bad news: Still just 2-2 this week, and the win over the Jazz certainly wasn’t due to Paul taking over.
7. Kevin Garnett (8)
It seems like it may prove foolish to anoint any particular Celtic as an MVP candidate given how strong the rest of the team is. Regardless, no team looks better right now primarily because of the defense that is Garnett’s forte.
8. Pau Gasol (9)
9. Kobe Bryant (10)
Lakers are streaking again, and so the dynamic duo rise as others fall.
10. LeBron James (NR)
I’d say the Heat are officially an elite team at this point and so LeBron slips onto the list.
Dwight Howard – Another week, more losses for the Magic followed by a desperate trade. Howard is 19th in Win Shares after being 3rd last year. Way down the list in adjusted +/- after being 1st last year. Yet I’m still seeing Howard in people’s top 5. It’s funny how hard it is to kill his candidacy in most people’s minds.