MVP compared to MOP
The viewing on the MVP race has been messed up these days. People are looking at who has the most impressive numbers, not the value to their team, so, basically, they’re voting on what I like to call MOP, or Most Outstanding Player.
One example I have of this is Kobe Bryant: widely considered either number one or number two on this year’s MVP list, and, yes, I understand his numbers are very impressive, but the Lakers would still make the play-offs without him. I mean, without Kobe, the Lakers would be fine with a starting line-up of:
PG- Derek Fisher (Back Up- Jordan Farmar)
SG- Sasha Vujacic (Back Up- Trevor Ariza)
SF- Luke Walton (Back Up- Trevor Ariza)
PF- Pau Gasol (Back Up- Lamar Odom)
C- Andrew Bynum (Back Up- Pau Gasol)
Look at that lineup. And with back ups like Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza? I don’t think Bryant is the MVP.
I didn’t mean to pick on Kobe Bryant there, just proving a point. Now, let’s compare my Most Outstanding Player list to my Most Valuable Player:
1. LeBron James- Mo Williams is alright and Z is okay, but James still carries the Cavaliers.
2. Chris Paul- This is just like the Nash case with MVP: where would (insert name here) be without him?
3. Dwayne Wade- Leading the Heat to a record over .500 with just the Matrix, who’s too busy whining to contribute much.
4. Dwight Howard- One word: amazing. Nobody helping him, but the Magic are 20-6.
5. Kobe Bryant- Just read my analyst above.
1. Dwayne Wade- 28.8 PPG, 7.0 APG, 5.1 RPG, .487 FG%, 2.2 SPG, 1.6 BPG
2. LeBron James- 27.7 PPG, 6.4 APG, 6.7 RPG, .507 FG%, 2.0 SPG, 1.1 BPG
3. Dirk Nowitzki- 26.2 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, .465 FG%, 0.6 SPG, 0.9 BPG
4. Kobe Bryant- 25.8 PPG, 4.2 APG, 5.4 RPG, .462 FG%, 1.4 SPG, 0.4 BPG
5. Dwight Howard- 20.7 PPG, 1.4 APG, 14.0 RPG, .570 FG%, 0.9 SPG, 3.7 BPG
So, when you compare MVP to MOP, all five slots are different. Yet people are still voting MVP based on their MOP status?
That’s all I have for you.
Thanks for reading!
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