Steve Nash MVP…. Why Not?
It’s hard to believe but we are almost halfway through the NBA season and it’s time to get the jump on the front-runner for MVP. Of course there’s the obvious: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and LeBron James, but I want to focus on three names that may not come to mind so quickly and give some reasons why I would not select the three listed above.
• Derrick Rose is putting up MVP numbers for the Chicago Bulls as he’s averaging 22 points per game along with 7 assist and his team that have the second best record in the NBA. A candidate yes, but to the testament of his teammates, the Bulls have played well in games that Rose have missed due to injury.
• Chris Paul has clearly made the Los Angeles Clippers better. He’s averaging 18 points and 9 assist per contest and the Clippers have a winning record paling them on top of the Pacific Division, however, the Clippers struggle on the road only winning half of those games. Throw in a couple of clunkers that Paul has had and I although I think he’s a candidate I don’t think he should win.
• LeBron James is a stat stuffer. He will forever get 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assist, but what is he doing this year that’s different than any other year? His team has the second best record in the Eastern Conference (like last year) but he still comes up short at times in the fourth quarter of games. I’m hard pressed to give a 3rd MVP to someone that can’t close a game on a consistent basis.
The Three I put in the running for MVP are: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
• Kevin Durant is playing out of his mind averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assist per game and he’s playing on, record wise, the best team in the NBA. Durant takes and makes big shots and for someone who shots a large number of jump shots, shooting better than 50% from the field is very strong.
• Dwight Howard simply is a beast on a team with no other established stars and he still averages 21 points and 15 rebounds per game. Every night Dwight has to perform if his team is going to win. He can’t have an off night like James who can count on 2 other All-Stars to bail him out, because it’s not like the Magic will be carried to many wins on the back of Jameer Nelson.
• Steve Nash is playing well on a team that demands he plays well every night. He is the maestro conducting his team and if Nash can get the Suns in the playoffs this year, it will be a better job than when he had a list of All-Stars playing with him winning 60 games. If he had an off night there was someone to pick up the slack whereas now if Nash is off they lose. Nash is averaging 15 points and 10 assist per game. The assist numbers are incredible because there is not one go to scorer on this team.
The person left off this is list is Kobe Bryant and it’s not because he’s not playing at a MVP level, it’s because his team is not consistent right now. Once that happens and Kobe can get the troops to fall in line, Kobe will be right on this list for the MVP award.
If the Phoenix Suns make the playoffs my vote goes to Steve Nash because he would have done more with less than any of the other star on this list. Two weeks ago I didn’t have him on the All-Star team, now I believe it’s a travesty if he’s not.