Lebron James #1, Kobe Bryant #2. Sound-off…
Hoops Adict: Welcome back to another season of the Blogger MVP and ROY Rankings! For those of you who are new to this, the guys at BrewHoop organized a bi-weekly blogger poll, ranking the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year candidates in the NBA. BrewHoop hosted the first installment last season and now, right here at Hoops Addict, we’ve got the debut for the 2008/09 season.
Votes were compiled on a simple 10-9-8 etc. and 5-4-3 etc. basis. Points are listed, with first place votes in parentheses. The following lists are composite rankings which take into consideration the votes of all 15 panelists based on the above scoring system.
I thought about making my own comments each time, but, to be brutally honest, a lot of the comments from other bloggers were more insightful. So, with that in mind, I’ve passed on leaving my own comments and instead used comments from other bloggers instead.
2. Kobe Bryant (189 points)
‘He buzzed through Dallas this week and afforded Jerry Stackhouse a last gasp of glory as Stack contributed to The Drama Queen’s “off game” by helping to “hold” him to 27 points. After the game, Kobe left a half-empty bottle of Gatorade in an interview room and a local radio station grabbed it and offered it as an on-air giveaway prize.And the phone lines went nuts. For Kobe’s backwash. That’s your MVP. ” Mike from DallasBasketball.com
“This is about so much more than just stats. You could look at Kobe’s numbers and see that his scoring is down to his lowest in five years. His assists are down, his rebounds are down. But what’s important about Kobe is what’s not down, and that’s his team. The Lakers’ 7-0 start and 18 ppg average margin is pretty spectacular, and Kobe’s ability to fit in with this team and not make it about him winning scoring titles is why he’s my early season MVP.” Rock from Waiting For Next Year
“If ‘Bron was anything less than an Übermensch, Kobe would stand proudly on top. Tough luck, dude.” Rob from Upside and Motoring
“Yeah, I know everyone’s gonna have him at least Top 5 because of the Lakers’ record. But you know what? I think that’s lazy. LA’s start has been more about the awesome bench play, the performances of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, and the willingness of Lamar Odom to join the second unit than it has been about Kobe.” At The Hive
“While I think ultimately King James will win, it will be very hard to argue with picking Bryant if the Lakers continue to tear through the league as they have been thus far. At this point it appears they may win 70 games and, for now at least, Bryant is the pick.” Trevor from Hoops Addict
“Why? Because if I don’t the Lakers will destroy me like they’re destroying everyone else. Best player on the absolute best team? Yes, please.” Matt from Hardwood Paroxysm
“It’s hard to put up MVP numbers in 32 minutes a game.” Jonny from Lakers Nation
“He got first billing in Free Darko’s book. His team has the best record in the league. I probably should have ranked him higher than #2.” Ben from Blazers Edge