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The State of The NBA MVP

Posted on: December 29, 2008 12:00 pm
The State of The NBA- When was the exact date that the NBA MVP became about team accomplishments instead of an individuals merit? Lets be clear about one thing, the MVP Award is supposed to be an individual award based on individual merit not team success. We do not use team success to measure other individual awards so why do we use it with the MVP? If you are a good team you get rewarded throughout out the season by way of making the playoffs, and receiving home court advantage. If I'm not mistaken the MVP is an individual accomplishment that has been given to an individual that we believes is the best player for the entire regular season. Team success should only compliment individual success when a player is considered for this award. With the help of a friend I  have theorized that the change in the way the award was distributed each here occurred due to Kobe Bryant’s Sexual Assault Case...The Case started in the summer of 2003 and lasted throughout the 2003-2004 Season in which Bryant played only 65 games. Kevin Garnett took home the MVP Award for great individual play coupled with raising the T-Wolves out of the cellar of the Western Conference through the help of Sam Cassel and Latrell Sprewell. In the following 04-05 season NBA Steve Nash played excellent in Mike D'Antoni System and led the Suns to one of the best records in the west with out an injured Amare Stoudemire. Kobe was saddled by injuries and played only 66 games. I believe that both KG and Nash earned these MVP's based First on individual success and second on team success which is the way it should be. In moving forward I would like to point out that in the 2005-2006 season there was a distinctive change in the way the award started to be distributed. Although both Kobe and the media were a full NBA season removed from Kobe's rape case settlement. Many people still held the allegations against him, and his name was still tainted. So while Kobe Bryant was literally tearing up the league with avg's of 35.4ppg including 5.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.84spg. His season scoring total was the 8th highest in NBA history along with an 81 point game (2nd all time) that included a 55 point second half. So although you may argue if player A plays great and his team plays great then he is the MVP over player B who plays great but his team doesn't play great. But this was not the case in the 05-06 season Player A played great and his team played great(Nash) while Player B(Kobe) played more than great, he had a historical season from an individual historical stand point, he had a season that just doesn't happen every couple of years like player A's season. Both the media and the NBA voters held the fact that his team wasn't having a great season against him when considering the man for an individual award. This doesn't make since to me!!! I think their was a correlation between the rape case stigma and the results of the MVP voting. 

This is how I believe the MVP voting played out: I believe that voters took their personal beliefs about Kobe's Rape trial and held them against him. Although this guy is performing at a once in a decade pace, I don't think he is a good person and his team isn't that good overall so I think Steve Nash is better because he is play great and his team is doing really well. 

Category: NBA
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