Here's the criteria from what it seems
1. Need to be in a top 5 team in the league
2. Personal stats
3. Strength of your teammates
They are both tied for 1 and 2. LeBron has edge in assists, but Kobe is the more well rounded scorer. Category 3 ices it for LeBron.
To me, Dwight Howard should be tied in there, but there is a strong bias towards offensive players. Dwight's offense isn't good enough, even though his defense is Godly.
thats the thing though whose to judge the strength of teammates
now obviously kobe has the better sidekick no question
but whose team is taylored more perfectly for their skill sets
i would still argue kobe but you could make an arguement lebron is surrounded by outstanding defensive players, rebounders, and shooters
for a guy with his skill set thats better IMO than putting a sidekick next to him
but again as you said kobe has gasol which is a damaging thing in terms of the MVP race because he has played so well
but again i would put
i do think the cavs will fade when lebron hits a cold streak because they are just relying so heavily on him right now i mean he doesn't go for 55 last night they lose the basketball game
lebron is great but he aint god he will have a cold streak
now the criteria you gave is how i would judge it but sadly i think its become 1 thing
last season the award was chris's until we got gasol all of a sudden the spotlight was on LA. everyone was watching therefore all the voters had their eyes on kobe
this season lebron is going off therefore the media is watching him and rightfully so because so am i but team wise can they sustain that media attention. when lebrons average that team is god awful to watch.
the only way kobe has a shot is if the lakers go on some ridiculous winning streak and kobe plays like kobe during that streak because in that situation media will be all over us
if that doesn't happen and cleveland keeps going no question lebron deserves it
we'll see though as last year taught us this award can come down to one game
its obvious that lakers vs. hornets game won kobe the award