The Purple Line: Who is the other MVP?

Kobe Bryant is obviously the MVP of the Lakers and is arguably the best player in the NBA. His  been carrying the Lakers in the past few games, by either taking up the scoring load or assuring the Lakers a victory. However, who is the Lakers next MVP, which player is needed for every game? Some argue that it’s Pau Gasol, Lamar Andrew, or even Ron Artest. But one thing is understood, there is no clear-cut winner.

The first candidate is a 7  foot center from Spain, Pau Gasol. Most people agree that Gasol is the Lakers 2nd best player, but is he the 2nd most valuable player? He helped bring the Lakers to the promise land last year, and this year, Gasol has averaged 18.3 ppg and 11.3 rpg. Based on his stats, he’s had a more productive regular season than his front-court colleague Andrew Bynum.

Gasol has also stepped in this postseason, by averaging 18.7 ppg and 13 rpg. Not to mention saving the day in Game 6 of the first round, when he tipped in the game winning shot. He will most likely never win a league MVP, but is he your Lakers MVP?

The second candidate is a 6 foot 10, 10 year veteran from Rhode Island, number 7 Lamar Odom. He is the first man off the bench for the Lakers and has averaged 11.3 ppg and 8.2 rpg. When he started for the Lakers, he averaged 12.2 points and 11.6 boards per game. The numbers may not be as flashy as Gasol’s, but the presence of Odom is definitely felt. In the past few games, Lamar has made key plays down the stretch, and without that one rebound or that one tip-in the Lakers would most likely have lost. With him in the lineup, opponents have had a hard time adjusting to their size, and if Lamar plays the small forward position, the Lakers are essentially unstoppable.

In the games won, Lamar has put up 11 ppg and 10 rpg, while in the games lost, he only has put up 10 points and 9 rebounds. So there are the stats for your Lakers MVP candidate.

The next MVP candidate is another 7 footer, from St. Joseph HS (NJ), number 17 Andrew Bynum. This year, he has been facing injuries, and has never truly been 100%. In the 09-10 regular season he averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Similar to Lamar Odom, his numbers are not amazing, but the presence of Bynum is very important. Although Andrew only averaged 1.4 blocks, he altered many shots and challenged everyone who came down the lane.

Both Andrew and his partner, Pau Gasol, are carrying the Lakers on the defensive end. Andrew Bynum is a very deserving of the Lakers 2nd MVP.

The final candidate for the MVP is a forward from St. Johns, number 37 Ron Artest. This is the first year he has played for the Lakers, and it has been very streaky year. In certain stretches, Ron has gone cold from the field, and could not guard his player. In other nights, he is lights-out from the field and essentially shuts down the opponent’s main man. During the regular season, Artest averaged 11 points, 3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. In the first 9 games of the playoffs, his numbers have been slipping; averaging 10.3 points, 2.6 assists and only 3 rebounds per game.

Artest was brought in to work his magic in the playoffs, and so far he has done a good job. In the first round of the playoffs, he made Kevin Durant work for every shot. Durant would score 20 points, but because of Ron Artest, he would get it on 20 shots. So there are the numbers and season story for the MVP candidate, Ron Artest.

It may be difficult to choose a 2nd MVP for the Lakers, since all those players mean so much to the team. You can’t go wrong picking the 7 foot Spaniard, the versatile Lamar Odom, the up-and-coming dominant center Andrew Bynum or even the lock-down Ron Artest.

Although they all can be considered the MVP, we can only have one winner, who is it?

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  • MeitanteiGuilleMVP

    Obviously Pau Gasol.

  • justdogm1

    Lebron is the MVP of the NBA.gasol MVP of the lakers.

    • lakershow2010

      you’re the mvp of stupidity

      • Toni

        Good one!

    • Al24

      yea seriously, y did u have to bring Lebron into it ? what does Lebron has to do with Lakers mvp ?? just say Gasol danm

      • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Josh Herrington

        MVPs dominate games when needed. Where was the MVP at today? Watching his team need him. He was also being a terrible team mate. He usually is a good one when he ball hogs because thats how they win. One time he decided not to, they lose. Smart move MVP.
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        Think…RING!!!

    • seankobe

      oh yeah lebron is the mvp! and the best player of the NBA!!!

      orlando vs. hawks 3-0
      suns vs spurs 4-0
      lakers vs jazz 3-0
      cavs vs boston 2-2

      hahahah lol! no mvp has won the ship this decade!

      where is your MVP?

  • LakerMarc

    The 2nd MVP is Pau Gasol and the others have been too one day- yes. one day- no, to receive such acknowledgment. Pau has been ON every game in the Playoffs and has been even more consistent than Kobe. But Kobe is still the Lakers MVP. Pau Gasol is the 2nd MVP.

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

    This article just goes to show the lack of respect for Gasol. I only need to read the first paragraph to be bored with the article.

    Pau Gasol has been the most consistent Laker in the playoff. Kobe is coming back to his old self-and he is still the MVP of the Lakers and the best in the NBA. Gasol is the next MVP-obviously.

    • WifelovesLuke

      Completely agree………….that and the sentence structure is just awful!

  • Cabe Canen

    Pau Gasol

  • http://www.elbi.com Victor

    PAU GASOL. 2nd MVP. No contest mofos. and whats up with the skepticism of the writer of the article? Dont push around GASOL. What now you think SASHA is the 2nd mvp? WTF LOL.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Josh Herrington

      Fisher and Artest dominated game 3. Pau did not when they needed him. Why would Sasha be in the conversation? No one is saying that. All we are asking is if Lamar, Fisher, and Artest are as important to the Lakers as Gasol. Do you think they are? It doesn’t seem like it.

      • http://www.elbi.com Victor

        “All we are asking is if Lamar, Fisher, and Artest are as important to the Lakers as Gasol.” – SO YOU THINK i WILL OPPOSE TO THIS? WTF. iTS KOBE AND GASOL FOR THE MOST PART. THEY’RE ALLSTART, DEFENSIVE TEAMS ETC.

        • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Josh Herrington

          Ok, fine. You don’t oppose. All of these players in the running of “Laker’s 2nd MVP” are equally valuable to each other to the team (IMO). I wasn’t questioning your fanship if that’s what you were getting at. I, for one, think Pau is our 2nd MVP. Kobe should be the league MVP and Ron is the reason we are so tenacious now. Didn’t mean to pick a fight with you, just wanted people’s opinion on who is our 2nd MVP.

  • lilkobe24

    horrible grammar

    • lakerfan2010

      agree

    • mamba623

      agreed, hire an editor, or at least re-read the work

  • Quidnunc

    Find something questionable to write about. This isn’t. Gasol is the glue of the Lakers.

  • mr.laker19

    Yea no contest, Pau is our second MVP. Now defensive MVP is an argument. Kobe comes up with clutch steals and shut down Westbrook when needed. Bynum when he is on is a force in the paint. Gasol is also with his length and rebounding. Odom has the length and the quickness to bother forwards. And Artest of course shuts down guys. Thats a better question. Who is our defensive player of the year? I say Artest probably but its close.

  • niko daza

    i have read every blog on this site. i especially like the post-game blogs by anna gonda. but this “purple line” section of this great website is not up to standards. so many grammatical errors and the sentence structuring is poor. either, edit and proof-read it before it is published or just not post blogs anymore. they’re not interesting and horrible to just read. i apologize if i am harsh but this section of the lakers nation is just so gruesome and makes this site legit.

    all in my honest opinion.

  • niko daza

    makes this site less* legit

  • justdogm1

    why you dogging lebron? he is the NBA MVP?

    • Toni

      And Kobe is the REIGNING FINALS MVP.

      Want to know why we Laker fans do not like LeBron? Well first of all, he is an ARROGANT idiot!!!

      Secondly, the media loves him and praises him with every chance that they get! – Kobe is THE best player in the world and always has to earn whatever praise he does and especially, doesn’t , from the media.

      With all his rings and his MVP awards and such, it is like he will never be good enough for the media and critics and it is downright disturbing to us Laker fans who know “greatness” when we see it!!!!

      When and if your LeBron wins a championship ring maybe we can have this conversation but until then, go sing his praises on a Cavaliers blog and leave our Lakers blog site alone.

  • Toni

    Pau Gasol! – No question about it!!!!!

  • 242LakerFan

    I don’t really know why this is even a question. Gasol is so easily the winner of this fictitious (not to mention superfluous) award. He is a consistent performer with a dazzling offensive arsenal, who is not as soft as people seem to think. His rebounding numbers belie the soft label. Plus, he’ll block some shots for you.
    So don’t expect a lot of votes for any of the others. Not to knock any of them; they do what they do and do it well. But this team’ pecking order is Kobe, Pau and then everyone else.