Thursday, May 5, 2011

TWTWTNBA: Deconstructing the MVP

Congratulations to Derrick Rose, as he is officially named as the NBA's Most Valuable Player this season. He truly deserved the nod and in fact, was very humbled by it.

Typical of Derrick and his personality, he deflected the prestige of being the best player in the NBA this season, expressing instead his appreciation to Him, his teammates, Bulls management, everyone, and especially his mom Brenda for keeping him in check as he grew up in the South Side.

The Chicago Bulls won 62 games this season under their new head coach Tom Thibodeau, a 21-game improvement over last season. Not surprised that Thibs gets the Coach Of The Year nod.

This is what the 22-yr old Rose averaged this season (h/t to Basketball-Reference):

81 81 37.4 8.8 19.7 .445 1.6 4.8 .332

5.9 6.9 .858 1.0 3.1 4.1 7.7 1.0 0.6 3.4 1.7 25.0

If you look at the fact that Boozer played in just 59 games (which one might say is very typical from Carlos) and Noah in only 48, and then take into consideration the huge hole at the other guard position (currently filled by Keith Bogans as the nominal starter while Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer alternate), that is a lot of carrying Derrick had to deal with during the whole season, whilst the other teams have had reliable help all year (whether it is the Celtics with their core, the Heat with theirs, Lakers with Kobe and Pau, and the Thunder with Durant and Westbrook). Not just that, the numbers Derrick put up were career highs in almost every single category, both good and bad ones.

Now, let's look at the ballot results: You have to take note that there are 120 voters from the media (composed of sportswriters and broadcasters). Fans also had a say and the NBA gave them a collective vote. That's why you'd might wonder at the excel data below why someone got 121 (Data taken from the NBA's official press release)

2010-11 Kia NBA MVP Award Results
Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total Points
Derrick Rose, Chicago 113 6 2 -- -- 1182 (121)
Dwight Howard, Orlando 3 57 31 16 11 643 (118)
LeBron James, Miami 4 26 39 31 12 522 (112)
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 1 18 32 40 12 428 (103)
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City -- 6 10 20 38 190 (74)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas -- 5 3 11 30 113 (49)
Dwyane Wade, Miami -- 1 1 2 6 24 (10)
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio -- 2 -- -- 6 20 (8)
Amar'e Stoudemire, New York -- -- 1 -- 4 9 (5)
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers -- -- 1 -- -- 5 (1)
Rajon Rondo, Boston -- -- 1 -- -- 5 (1)
Tony Parker, San Antonio -- -- -- 1 -- 3 (1)
Chris Paul, New Orleans -- -- -- -- 2 2 (2)

I understood the landslide in the first place balloting. The Lebron backlash was not necessarily that atrocious, because he was the guy the second-most 1st-place votes with four, compared to Dwight Howard with 3. Kobe got the other remaining first place vote.

Speaking of Dwight, he was the clear 2nd-best player, he got 57 2nd-place votes. What intrigues me with him is that he had 118 media members voting for him. I wonder who were the two people who left him off their ballots.

I thought Dirk Nowitzki could have gotten more votes that what he received. Ditto for Dwayne Wade, considering the Lebron-Wade dynamic down in South Beach.

For all the sizzle that Amar'e Stoudemire had to kick off the season, that fizzled as he only was in 5 ballots. Also an interesting thing to note, Blake Griffin, Rajon Rondo and Tony Parker each got a vote.

So, a total of 13 players received votes. If we determine the All-NBA teams based on the balloting, I would go out and do it like this.

1st team All-NBA:

Guards: Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant

Forwards: Lebron James and Kevin Durant

Center: Dwight Howard

2nd team All-NBA:

Guards: Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili
Forwards: Dirk Nowitzki and Blake Griffin
Center: Amar'e Stoudemire

3rd team All-NBA:

Guards: Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul (I value Paul's numbers more than Parker's)
Forwards: Lamarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love
Center: Zach Randolph

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