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2011 NBA POY Watch 2/14

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Dirk Nowitzki (1)

Still my guy for now. One note: People are bringing up Dirk’s missed time. Consider though that the Mavs have 36 games with Dirk. They’ve been *that* good with Dirk that despite them falling apart for an extended period of time without him, they still have the #2 seed in the West ahead of the Lakers.

2. LeBron James (3)

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February 14, 2011 at 12:53 am

2011 NBA POY Watch 1/31

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Derrick Rose (1)

The Bulls keep winning and now have home court advantage over all but 2 teams in the league, and both of those teams are ensemble teams with no real viable MVP candidate. Rose is on everyone’s mind now. I’ll try to expand on this in an article soon, for now, here’s Henry Abbott ranting against people like me who have Rose at #1.

2. Dirk Nowitzki (3)

Dirk’s back. Still not at full strength, but enough for the Mavs to stop their slide. Showing what we’d expect to happen if Dirk was going to climb back to the front of the race.

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Written by Matt Johnson

January 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm

2011 NBA POY Watch 1/24

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Derrick Rose (1)

Another week, continued success for the Bulls. With incredible defensive dominance and offensive reliance on Rose, could we be seeing another Iverson-style MVP? This is shaping up to be an MVP race where people meditate and change opinions based on exactly what they decide their philosophy of MVP determination is.

2. Dwight Howard (4)

As others slide, the solid Howard steps up. Still, this Magic team has had a pretty major drop off from last year, hard to imagine Howard will earn his first MVP this year unless his team really catches fire.

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Written by Matt Johnson

January 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm

2011 NBA POY Watch 1/17

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Derrick Rose (2)

I wasn’t really comfortable with Rose as high as #2, so I’m definitely not comfortable with him at #1.  He remains though the clear star of a very successful teams that has seem major injuries.  Rose takes over games like an MVP, and I know mediocre efficiency in and of itself is not necessarily as damning as we tend to think, but still, I don’t expect Rose will be able to hold on to this spot without proving (even) more than he already has.

2. Deron Williams (4)

40 games in, and the Jazz sans Carlos Boozer and with a disappointing Al Jefferson are on pace for their best record in over a decade.  A shout out to Paul Millsap, but this has everything to do with Deron being able to take on more than he’d ever been asked to do before.  Significantly more for example, than John Stockton was ever asked to do.  He’s right there with Rose.

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2011 NBA POY Watch 1/10

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

First a general note:  We’ve entered full on chaos mode now.  I can’t remember an MVP in so much disarray this late into the year since I’ve been following the sport.  We may end up approaching ’77-78 levels.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Dirk Nowitzki (1)

Dirk’s still here to some degree because no one’s knocked him off the perch.  Obviously part of it is that Dallas had enough separation from the pack that they aren’t really hurt by their fall at this point, but I’ll admit that part of the deal is my meh feelings about those behind him.

2. Derrick Rose (2)

If y’all don’t stop me soon I swear I’ll pull the trigger and move Rose up to #1 shortly.  I’m hoping to see more massive free throw games from like we’ve seen recently.

3. Dwight Howard (8)

The Magic are 9-0 since the arrival of new talent after the big trade and clearly looked to be one of the elite teams in the league again, with Howard looking quite happy.  He clearly needs to be on the MVP shortlist again.

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2011 NBA POY Watch 1/3

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Dirk Nowitzki (1)

One of two guys on this list missing time with injury.  Dirk’s still got a comfortable lead to burn off though.

2. Derrick Rose (3)

The Bulls continue to play like contenders even without Joakim Noah.  I’m still not entirely sold that Rose is an MVP level player, but I can’t justify putting anyone other than Dirk above him right now.

3. Deron Williams (2)

Utah’s slipping a bit.  Hard to take that out on Deron, but also hard to win the MVP when your team isn’t looking elite.

4. Chris Paul (5)

The Hornets seem to have stabilized a bit with Paul taken on bigger load again.  Beating Boston, even without Garnett in the lineup is an accomplishment.

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Written by Matt Johnson

January 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm

2011 NBA POY Watch 12/27

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Dirk Nowitzki (1)

Remains easily out in front.  We’re at a point now where all the major lists agree with me, but still I’m hearing people question how Dirk can be so clearly #1 when his volume stats aren’t much different from previous seasons.   The advanced stats paint a stronger case for Dirk, but it also has to be noted just how much weaker the competition is this year.  All the big players from previous years have fallen off – except Dirk.  What this says more than anything else, is that it is the perfect time for some new blood to step up.

2. Deron Williams (2)

Deron, I suppose, is leading the charge of the “new blood”, but he’s not that new, and he really doesn’t seem like a legit #2 MVP candidate.  Still, props to the guy, leading the Jazz to another great year.

3. Derrick Rose (4)

Rose keeps climbing.  The Bulls lose Noah, and they’re still scrapping.  I could see Rose becoming a top tier superstar by year’s end.

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Written by Matt Johnson

December 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm

2011 NBA POY Watch 12/18

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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.

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Written by Matt Johnson

December 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

2011 NBA POY Watch 12/11

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Dirk Nowitzki (1)

Another week and the streak continues.  We now have 3 teams with records far better than the rest of the league, and only 1 of those teams is let by a superstar.  Easy choice.

2. Deron Williams (2)

The Jazz haven’t pulled away from the 2nd tier of teams record-wise, but there’s little to dislike about the club.  Their losses are coming against great teams that they fight hard, and it’s pretty much a given that in each of those games Deron will play like a champion.

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2011 NBA POY Watch 12/6

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My version of the NBA MVP list. Updated weekly.

Player (Last Week’s Rank)

1. Dirk Nowitzki (1)

To me Dirk’s lead right now is pretty glaring.  It’s strange to me that he isn’t being talked about like the favorite.  He didn’t even win Player of the Month.  Dirk’s Mavs have almost the best record in the league, and they are totally dependent upon him bringing it every night.

2. Deron Williams (7)

There are a couple big shifts in my ranking this week.  I don’t like it because it forces me to face up to how much an inexact science this is.  However, the other guys who were in front of him have really been slipping.  Deron is the front and center superstar for a very strong Jazz team, he earns this place largely by having less caveats than the other candidates.

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