A Substitute for War

Basketball philosophy

Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Laker

2011 NBA POY Watch

leave a comment »

In the grand tradition of the MVP Watch, here I’ll be doing the Player of the Year Watch.  For more explanation on what the POY concept is, here’s the post I introduced it to this blog.  Quick & dirty though, think of it is as my MVP Watch, except that when the regular season ends, I’m going to keep going, and my POY won’t be settled until an NBA champion is crowned.

We’re 2 weeks in to the 2010-11 NBA season, which in my experience is about the first point at which it makes sense to start thinking about this.  Granted it’s still ridiculously early, but for those of us who like this sort of thing, we want to get to it as soon as it’s at all meaningful.  So we’ve hit meaning now?  Yup.  The good the Lakers have shown us and the bad the Timberwolves have inflicted upon us aren’t illusions.

My top 10:

1. Chris Paul

There’s really not much room for debate with Paul at #1.  There are only 2 undefeated teams in the league, and Paul’s Hornets have far less supporting cast talent than the Lakers do.  With their defeat of the Heat, it’s just not reasonable to dismiss what they’ve done, even as I think we all have our doubts about how well this performance can be maintained.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Matt Johnson

November 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm