2011 NBA POY Watch 3/21
My weekly MVP rankings.
Player (last week’s rank)
1. Derrick Rose (1)
Rose remains in the top spot. All the good narratives point in his direction, and I’m not seeing a reason to de-value his role on the Bulls. Short of a player/team falloff, I’d imagine the only danger for him in my head is if I get more fixated on Howard.
2. Dirk Nowitzki (2)
Stays at the 2nd spot for now, but if this current snag continues for the Mavericks he’ll fall further. I’m still shaking my head. The Mavs go 18-1, I finally decide Dirk’s candidacy can no longer be denied, and then they go 3-5.
3. Dwight Howard (3)
The guy on my mind. It won’t take much for him to slip past Dirk for the 2 spot, and I could see myself having a last minute change of heart which bumps him that one notch over Rose.
4. LeBron James (4)
The Heat look to be back on track, but at this point it’s hard to see LeBron as a true threat to win the MVP. There are certainly enough games left for the Heat to have the possibility of the East’s 1 seed, and if that were to happen, LeBron probably starts getting serious buzz again.
5. Kevin Durant (5)
That loss to the Raptors isn’t great, but you have to be encouraged by the preceding win streak which saw them finally beat down another great team (the Heat).
6. Dwyane Wade (6)
Wade remains stable. Not seriously considering as a threat to move up or down right now.
7. Manu Ginobili (8)
Y’know, the Spurs do feel suspect as far as title favorites go, but good lord, even with a few horrendous games, their record laps the field, and Ginobili is the one leading the way pretty much no matter how you look at it.
8. Paul Pierce (7)
On the other hand, as much as it would take something incredible for me to have huge doubts in the Celtics right now, they disappoint in a few games, and now it’s looking like they won’t finish with the top seed in the East.
9. Kobe Bryant (9)
I’m letting the lamppost illuminate folks.
10. Chris Paul (NR)
Paul was lurking in that invisible eleven spot, Nash’s fall let’s him rise up.
Steve Nash – He gets hurt, the Suns lose, he slips off the list again. Still some time left though, the Suns have a shot to make the playoffs in the tough West, and if they do, Nash’s role in that is significantly more impressive than a #10 or #11 slot demands.