Originally Posted by angryllama
I think that Shaq will win it too, but it will be out of sentimentality. If he does win, he is definately deserving and more so than Nash IMO.
Nash is on a stacked team, and he makes that thing go, but that starting 5 is pretty awesome.
Duncan is the leagues MVP, but he has missed too many games this season and his numbers are down.
I guess you havent seen him much this season, but Dirk Nowitzki plays some pretty good defense. He is not an all-defensive team selection, but Garnett or Nash have nothing on him there.
The argument for Dirk is strengthened when you realize that he has been the player that has carried that team all season despite numerous injuries (and dont disregard those...Finley, Dampier, Stakhouse, and Daniels have all missed significant time) and a coaching change. He is also having the best and most complete (defense and offense) statistical season out of anyone listed.
Have you seen Dirk play in more than 10 games this season? The 'no D' label is a myth. The guy is 7'1 1/2". He blocks shots and steals balls and plays good helpside post defense.
I think that Shaq will get it, but if Dirk was playing in LA, Boston, or New York where he would be an instant media darling, it would be Nowitzki in a landslide. The guy has had too great of a year. They will get the 4th seed, but they will barely miss #1 or #2 despite playing together healthy all season until last Friday. That is all because of Nowitzki. That's impressive.
You make some very good points. Deserving players get jobbed on the award pretty much every year. Shaq and Duncan _should_ have every MVP for the last 6 years (maybe KG last year) but obviously the process is a pretty inaccurate one. I'd just say #1 seed, .599 fg%, the well-timed explosion of wade and his offensive/defensive rebounding ratio make him a good choice this year. But as always, there are about 5 players in the deserving range each year but only one gets it. Since I consider it an empty but visible award, I hope Shaq gets it so his impact on the history of basketball is not lost on the NBA layman of the future. He belongs up there with the all-time great centers and this year typifies his impact over the years. dirk played his best this season and i don't think he would be a bad choice if it happened. however, dirk was and is a media darling unto himself. not in the category of kobe or shaq or AI, but from an outsiders' perspective, cuban has pumped the team into the mainstream dialogue of basketball with dirk being his centerpiece and masterstroke acquisition in the pursuit of a uniquely versatile offense. a good test is if people who dont follow basketball know who he is and most of my friends who dont follow the NBA would know who he is. i think he was also in a preview I saw for Juanna Mann or one of those basketball flicks a while back. I like the guy and hope he gets some help over there. I hate the Spurs and would like to see them get pounded over and over. nice take man... going to watch the rest of this game now. peace.