In response to Bill Simmons’ The NBA from LVP to MVP, Part II
I liked your MVP breakdown (except for the fact that you didn’t actually pick an MVP), but had one thought regarding T-Mac. You noted that “Other than Yao, his best teammates were Luther Head, Rafer Alston, Chuck Hayes, Juwan Howard and Dikembe Mutombo.” Other than Yao??? How can you say this as if you are saying “other than Brian Scalabrine?” Yao averaged 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks a game. Yes, he only played 48 games, but it’s not like T-Mac carried the Rockets against a schedule of Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio every night; I am not saying they didn’t have any good wins, but they did lose to Dallas three times, Phoenix once and your Celtics at home (Scalabrine: 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes) during Yao’s injury.
If you are going to use the “other than…” argument, it should definitely be used for LeBron. He is the only one in your top 10 (other than Bosh) that didn’t have a legitimate compliment. #10 Arenas had Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, #9 Boozer had Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko (out of position or not), #8 Kobe had Lamar Odom (when he wanted him), #7 Bosh had TJ Ford (and should be higher on your list because of it), #6 Duncan had Tony Parker, Eva Longoria and Manu Ginobili, #4 McGrady had Yao, #3 Dirk had Josh Howard, #2 Nash had Stoudemire, Marion and Barbosa and #1 The Fans had Mark Cuban and Jack Nicholson. LeBron may have coasted for the first half of the season, but he still got his team securely in the playoffs while still averaging 27+ points, 6+ rebounds and 6 assists, something no other player in the league can say they did.