Although I'm a Kobe fan, I'm not impervious to others' views when it comes to basketball. With that said, I cannot completely fathom why Kobe didn't win the MVP this past season. Maybe I'm just not educated enough as to what exactly earns an individual the season MVP. Regardless, here's why I believe Kobe deserved it:
1) Brain vs. Body - At the age of 34, Kobe either fought Father time or had The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He efficiently produced 27.3/5.6/6.0
2) Clutch Confidence - Kobe declared that the Lakers would make the playoffs, and he did everything in his will to ensure that. There were times when he played the complete amount of 48 min+ back to back. However, what really defines this category is Kobe's ability to excel in the clutch. Whether it be three 3-pointers in a row or a dunk on multiple players, Kobe found a way to will his team with a win. (Kobe didn't complain if his team wasn't playing well. Although this was after the MVP was handed, Lebron stated how "carrying the Heat reminded him of the Cleveland days" in Game 5 of the playoffs against the Pacers.)
3) Adjustments - This wasn't a Kobe that was just relentlessly shooting without deferring to his teammates. This was a Kobe that was willing to adjust his game. There were times he had back to back double-digit assists. I even remember one game where he didn't even attempt a field goal in the first half. He's the ONLY player in NBA history to record 40 points along with 10 assists at 34+ two games in a row.
4) Miscellaneous - Kobe plays in a tougher conference than Lebron, and the elite teams within that conference, such as the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, etc. didn't have injured stars out. Furthermore, the injuries destroyed the Lakers, so they weren't given a chance to build chemistry and establish a defensive scheme.
Now I understand Lebron had a significantly higher field goal percentage than Kobe along with more rebounds and assists. But he was also playing in a weaker conference. The Eastern Conference was even weaker when you consider how many stars were injured there. Derrick Rose was out the entire season. Danny Granger was out. Rajon Rondo suffered a torn ACL but luckily they won that game and almost won the other without Rondo to break Miami's streak. Dwight Howard transferred to the Western Conference.
Since the Heat were relatively healthy and already had chemistry, their defense allowed Lebron to exploit fast break opportunities and attain easy dunks/points. And the opposing players always give Lebron extra space daring him to shoot a jump shot whereas Kobe isn't given the same privilege. His insane size allows him to rebound, post up and score easily in the paint. That's also part of why his field goal percentage is higher. In terms of his assists, he had better shooters around him. Drive it in, draw the defense, and dish it to Wade, Allen, Miller, Battier, Chalmers, etc. As a shooting guard, Kobe isn't expected to pass as much(especially when you have Steve Nash) , so his average six assists speaks itself.
Personally, Kobe's degree of difficulty in achieving success for his team was significantly higher than Lebron's. The Heat's record and 27 win game streak wouldn't have been so high if Lebron was playing most of the season without Wade and Chalmers to go along with a 60-70% post-surgery Bosh who also injured his shoulder. And a multitude of other reasons.
Feel free to post your opinions!
Edited by Clutch Factor, August 03, 2013 - 08:11 PM.