Originally Posted by RhymesayersDU
I think Nash deserves it. Stacked team yes, but in games when he isn't playing, they have a losing record. That says a lot, IMO.
I loves me some Nashy, he's one of my favorites, but he plays zero defense. As you'll see in the playoffs this season, teams can stop him up in transition and take him out of the game.
I think that Phoenix has improved, but Marion and Stoudemire have had huge roles in that. Those guys are motivated and playing well even despite Nash. Nash has too many weapons. If there was an award for best teammate, Nash wins it easily.
MVP is supposed to represent a player's contribution to a team. Shaq stands out in that regard and so does Nowitzki. Both of those guys have had quality statistical seasons as well with Nowitzki standing out stat-wise. Shaq is a better defender when he so desires, but Dirk is solid there also.
To me it comes down to Shaq vs. Dirk. Shaq will win because of sentiment, but you can't go wrong with either one of those guys. Nash has too many question marks IMO.