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We break out the NBC MVP ranker (why wait for actual games?)

Oct 13, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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We’ve got a fun-little tool here at NBC that allows you to rank NBA players on who you think will be the MVP this season. Rate guys on a scale of 1-10 so you can rate the race to the hardware.

Just like any cool new technological toy, we couldn’t wait to play with it. So we didn’t. To heck with meaningful games, you can go in and vote now. Actually, this is just like Chicago — go vote early and often.

Right now Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are your frontrunners, with LeBron James third but a few steps back.

Which amazes me (and you see it in the media, too) — LeBron has won the last two MVPs resoundingly, he is 25 and going to a team that will be a marquee in the league, and yet nobody seems to think he’s win a third this year. How is he not the frontrunner? Apparently the LeBron burnout/backlash/whatever-you-want-to-call-it has spread into the MVP discussions as well.

But please, go vote for whomever you want. Personally, I’m trying to find a way to vote for Eddy Curry.

  1. thestudiokida - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    The MVP race has become yet another popularity contest. It has nothing to do with impact on the team but who the media is talking about the most at the end of the year. Great examples: Steve Nash over Shaq, Kobe over Nash (when Nash actually should have won), Dirk Nowitzki over anybody. It’s a joke now. Who cares?

  2. zblott - Oct 13, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Agreed – it is a popularity contest. In case we all forget, LeBron still has the best impact on his team’s chances of winning (how much championship talk in Miami was there before he showed up? almost none). Here’s a breakdown:

    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/8/10/lets-not-go-crazy-lebron-should-still-be-top-mvp-candidate.html

  3. efueshe - Oct 14, 2010 at 3:09 AM

    Kobe over Nash? Really? But I do agree that the MVP (chosen by the media) really is a popularity contest and becoming less relevant as ESPN and other media sources are slipping into nonsensical gerbil. I don’t understand why it’s the most celebrated; it really should be the All NBA teams that mean something.

  4. omniusprime - Oct 14, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Kobe Bryant is the greatest player in the world as evidenced by his two consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards. The regular season MVP is just a consolation prize and meaningless, that’s why LeBoring James won it as the King of Choke. Watch as the Repeat World Champion Lakers Threepeat next June!

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