Monday, May 08, 2006

My Final Word on the 2006 NBA MVP Award

If you follow the NBA at all, by now you know that Steve Nash won the NBA MVP Award for the second straight year, with LeBron James finishing 2nd, Dirk Nowitski finishing 3rd, and Kobe Bryant finishing 5th. If you follow my blog at all, you know that I thought this was a travesty, because on my ballot I had LeBron 1st, and Nash back at 5th.

Anyway, I'm past that now. I still find it hard to believe that a guy who plays no defense can win not one but two MVP Awards, but whatever. A couple of quotes caught me eye today:

First, from the Daily Quickie, while not exactly a sports "expert", there was something there that I found true, but odd:

LeBron's runner-up finish, meanwhile, should make him the prohibitive favorite for next season, as voters develop "Nash fatigue."

No matter what Nash's stats are next year, voters won't want to give any player three MVPs in a row.

Even Jordan didn't get that treatment.

Then, from Marc Stein's chat:

Bruce (Montpelier, VT): I still can't come to grips with the concept of 2 Nash MVPs compared to 1 for Shaq. Should we pencil in number 3 for Nash given that he will have Amare back?

SportsNation Marc Stein: I hear that one a lot. Nash shouldn't have been MVP because someone like Shaq hasn't won more than one. Or that Nash can't go back-to-back because he isn't as legendary as the other eight back-to-backers. As a voter, I'm not comparing Nash's season to a Magic season or Jordan season from the past. I'm assessing where he falls based on the competition of the current season.

SportsNation Marc Stein: As for your first question, no, I wouldn't worry about Nash winning three in a row.

My question is... why not?

Marc Stein says that he is just comparing Nash's one season to other players, nothing else. Then, he seems to imply (to me at least) that there's no way Nash would win 3 in a row. The Daily Quickie says it more explicitly. I can't understand this way of thinking.

If Nash is the best player in the NBA next year (which, in the voter's eyes, means he's at least top 5), then why wouldn't you vote for him? It's this way of thinking that is why Shaq only has one MVP or that Jordan doesn't have more - they were so dominant that the voters just didn't give it to them. That's a shame.

Am I off base here? Do you see what I'm saying?

7 comments:

Jason said...

Twins15,

I caught that on the DQ this morning and also had the same thought.

Its shocking enough Nash won again ... and whose to say he won't three-peat. If Nash won this year when Lebron had an MVP worthy year ... than why not again.

Stein does bring up a good point of comparing Nash solely to those around him now and not based on the past.

A bit OT ... but don't you think Shaq continues to get absolutely screwed in the last couple playoffs with foul calls. He's not my favorite, but you can't punish a man just for biggest enormous and agile at the same time.

twins15 said...

Yeah, I agree with Stein that you should just be comparing this season, and not to seasons of the past. But if that's the case, why would or why should anyone not vote for him if he's the most valuable in their eyes next year? I am in complete agreeance.

I think Shaq's nearly impossible to call. I think half the games he gets away with too much, and the other games he gets called for too much. I did think his second foul call, the one where he did that half-spin and ended up elbowing Collins a little was a really bad call.

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