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It’s All In The Game: MVP Wrap – LeBron, Kobe, KG, T-Mac or CP3?

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With the NBA season heading in its final stretch, the MVP

talk is starting to heat up. And just like the playoff race, the MVP race is

tighter than ever.

 

Here are the five players who will most likely cop the

hardware.

 

 

Kevin Garnett

 

Why – In the beginning

of the season, KG was the early favorite as he led the new-look Celtics to a

20-2 start. He is the emotional leader of this team, and his hard work and

competitiveness sets the tone for the rest of the team. The Celtics have a

league-best 52-13 record and for the year, KG has put up 18.7 point, 7.6

rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. Not bad.

 

Why not – Although

KG is one of the top five players in the game today, he is also playing with

two perennial All Stars in Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Remember when Garnett was

injured last month for those nine games, the Celtics went 7-2 without him. Also, Boston is

playing in the weak Eastern Conference, so you might argue that any of the

West’s top five teams could do the same thing or better in that conference.

 

LeBron James

 

Why – LeBron is

not part of the Cleveland Cavaliers, he

is the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is averaging damn near a triple double (30.9

points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.4 dimes). The Cavs have lost every single game he

has not played in, and lost by a margin of nearly 12 points per game. Add to

that two 50-point games and a 36 ppg average so far this month. 

 

Why not – Out of

all the candidates mentioned, James has the fewest number of W’s with 38. And

remember that is in the Eastern Conference. If they were in the West they would

probably be lottery-bound.

 

Kobe Bryant

 

Why – Kobe is

enjoying his finest season as a pro, and is finally proving he can lead a team.

His numbers are among the best in the League with 28.3 points, 6.1 boards and

5.3 assists. But more importantly than his stats are the wins he is getting his

squad. The Lakers are second in the Western Conference with a 45-21 record. And

unlike previous seasons, the trust is there now between Kobe and his teammates.

 

Why not – Probably

the only thing stoping Kobe

from getting the MVP is LeBron. Kobe

obviously has a better supporting cast than King James. LeBron’s stats are also

a little more impressive than Kobe’s.

 

Chris Paul

 

Why – In one

season, the New Orleans Hornets went from a lottery team to one of the top

teams in the Western Conference. The reason? Chris Paul. CP3 has taken his game and team to a whole new level. Chris

is playing like a young Isaiah Thomas with his averages of 21.3 points, 11.2

assists (2nd in the NBA) and his league leading 2.7 steals. 

 

Why not – No

doubt Chris is having a great year and should be considered for this award, but

what might hurt him is his youth. I think most the voters will go for Kobe or LeBron. Paul’s

time will come – it just won’t be this year.

 

Tracy McGrady

 

Why – T-Mac is

one of the main reasons why Houston

is just unstoppable as of late. Even without Yao, the Rockets are looking more and more

like playoff contenders with every mounting victory – their streak is currently

at 22. In the last five games T-Mac has averaged 2539 points, 5.5 rebounds and

5.6 assists. He has responded to the critics (including me) who questioned if

he can hold this team on his shoulders without Yao.

 

Why not –

McGrady’s stats are a little down from previous years. He also started off the

season a little slow, and has still shown he is injury prone missing 14 games

this year. When the competition for MVP is so stiff, every negative will be

counted against you.

 

Verdict

 

Like I said in the article, the trophy will probably go to

‘Bron or Kobe. Although LeBron is probably the favorite because he is so

critical to his team, I would give it to Kobe

because of what he has been able to accomplish this season in a

super-competitive West.

 

I want to hear from you though. Sound off here, and let me

know who you think is deserving of the MVP!

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