2011 NBA POY Watch 4/4
My weekly MVP rankings for the duration of the regular season. However, I’ll continue updating this as we go through the playoffs.
Player (last week’s rank)
1. Derrick Rose (1)
I’m in the middle of a mental war with myself here for who I give the top spot to. Rose appears to hold on this week, but in reality I’ve changed my mind several times since breakfast.
Also, don’t ask me to justify Rose’s first Player of the Month coming in March. I really don’t know how that can be retconned with the NBA’s previous choices.
2. Dwight Howard (2)
Don’t ask me to elaborate on what exactly Howard needs to do to win my vote – I can’t answer. Serious navel gazing time.
3. LeBron James (4)
Dirk’s Mavs continue to slip, I can’t overlook the missed time there any longer. James isn’t a serious threat through to take the top spot here though…at least by regular season’s end. Remember this is an all-season award folks. He may yet prevail.
4. Dirk Nowitzki (3)
Seriously, it’s like Dirk took a dive to make me look bad. I don’t even know if Dirk’ll end up on my 1st team by the time we’re through.
5. Kevin Durant (5)
Durant holds steady, might be the beneficiary of the Dirk downfall.
6. Dwyane Wade (6)
Y’know, I suppose I need to keep debating in my mind between he and the guards below, but I don’t feel a shred of remorse having Wade above them.
7. Kobe Bryant (8)
8. Pau Gasol (10)
Y’know this seems about right. Kobe remains the Laker alpha, but as the Lakers prepare for the playoffs as bigger favorites than they’ve been since the Shaq era, Gasol is right there with him.
9. Manu Ginobili (7)
Can’t justify him over the Laker duo at this point. Don’t know how long I’ll be able to swallow him over Paul either.
10. Chris Paul (9)
Falls a spot, but not any real major bad karma going on here. Still would like to see him get back on that “only Chris Paul can do that trend” from a couple weeks ago.