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2010-11 NBA Predictions: MVP

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The chic pick right now is to pick against the two-time defending MVP LeBron James , despite the fact that he’s just 25 years old and went to a team with an even better supporting cast.  In the recent NBA GM’s poll, Kevin Durant was the consensus pick to win followed by Kobe Bryant, with LeBron and Dwight Howard receiving one vote a piece.  The statistically minded Houston Rocket GM Daryl Morey came out of the closet as the lone guy who picked LeBron, which helps further position Morey as the lone voice of reason amongst all the riff raff.

Are the GMs crazy?  Nope, their rejection of LeBron here is quite savvy, with the key reason being this is about who will win the MVP, not about who will actually contribute the most value to his team.  Before you get worked up about MVP voters being irrational fools punishing LeBron for leaving Cleveland – it’s really not about that at all. Read the rest of this entry »