Fans have a tough choice
The NBA regular season is now over, and everyone is asking who will win this year’s MVP? Will Kobe Bryant repeat? Will Dwayne Wade win it? Will Lebron James take the MVP award? What about Dwight Howard or Chris Paul?
Each player deserves to win it in his own right, having accomplished so much during the season. They all have their teams in the playoffs. However, there can only be one most valuable player. Here’s a look at the five leading candidates and why they deserve the MVP award.
Kobe Bryant: Kobe Bryant has had another stellar season in his 12th year in the NBA. He’s currently averaging 27 points, 4 assist and 5 rebounds per game. He has led the Los Angeles Lakers to a No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, and they have the second best record in the NBA. “Kobe is having a great season he is definitely in the MVP discussing,” said Robert Taylor, a Lakers fan from California.
Dwayne Wade: NBA announcers often describe Dwayne Wade’s season as a success with very little, that’s what he has done with the Miami Heat this season. Dwayne Wade is averaging 29 points, 7 assist and 5 rebounds per game this season. “The only person that I know on the Miami Heat is Dwayne Wade,” said Bryant Leaphart, a college student from South Carolina. Most NBA fans feel the same, even Heat fans. “The Miami Heat don’t have a very good roster outside of Dwayne Wade and Michael Beasley,” said Blair Turner a Miami Heat fan from California. However Dwayne Wade has his team in the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. If the MVP voters base their decision on the most valuable player to their team, then Wade has a real good chance at winning it. “I don’t think Wade is going to win, because his team isn’t really good,” Leaphart said. NBA fans will just have to wait and see if Wade’s roster will hurt his chances at winning.
Lebron James: Nicknamed “King James” has been nothing short of the king of basketball this season. Many basketball analyst and fans regard him as the best player in the world. He’s averaging 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists this season. “I used to think it was Kobe but now I’m starting to think Lebron James is the best,” said Pete Claver-Obinna, a college student from Connecticut. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record in the NBA, and have a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. “If the MVP voters base their decision on who is the best player in the NBA and which team has the best record in the NBA, then the MVP trophy belongs to Lebron James,” Claver-Obinna said.
Dwight Howard: Many fans think Howard is the best big man in the NBA. But what surprises many fans is how successful his team has been this year. “Dwight Howard is having his best season in the NBA this year, although I don’t think he has a shot to win MVP,” said Charles Tucker, a college student from Florida. He’s averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks a game this season. Howard has led the Orlando Magic to a surprising No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. From a possible playoff team, the Magic team has become a possible title contender. “I hope Dwight Howard wins the MVP award. He deserves it because he’s having a really good season, and big men never win,” said Bobby Thistle, an Orlando Magic fan from California.
Chris Paul: The New Orleans Hornets has had an inconsistent season. Players have been injured, and even traded away. But Paul has been the only constant in the New Orleans Hornets line up each and every night. Known to NBA fans as the best point guard in the NBA, Chris Paul has led the Hornets to a No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. He’s averaging 22 points, 11 assists and 3 steals this season. “Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA; he should have won the MVP last year. We’ll see if they give it to him this year,” said Aaron Fleming, a college student from Maryland.
The NBA season is over and the MVP discussion is heating up. Will it be Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Dwight Howard, or Chris Paul? You heard what some fans said? They all deserve it but only one can win. Who would you vote for?