The MVP should be done away with IMO. It's too media and narrative driven. When Kobe was putting up those crazy numbers this was after the rape case and during the midst of them rebuilding and not being good. That whole time the narrative was that he couldnt win w/o Shaq and for some time this was true. So he was penalized for it. The year Derrick Rose won they just didn't want to give it to Lebron and D12 had an outstanding year as well. Kobe missed out on his due to not defeating the narrative at the time and Lebron/Howard lost out on it b/c of voters exhaustion and Rose being the "humble hometown kid".
When you have certain guys putting up those type of numbers its hard to get excited again. This year it took Russ getting injured for KD to be forced into a bigger role on the team to get the necessary numbers to beat Lebron during a period where they considered him in a slump. A slump where he was averaging something like 25/6/6 or something.