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Dwight Howard finishes 2nd in MVP voting, right where he should have

May 4, 2011

I’ll spare you another Dwight should have been the MVP column. You’ve seen and read enough of them. Even if you TRULY think Dwight should have been the MVP, it doesn’t matter. This is a pure popularity contest and the perfect example of “what have you done for me lately” and “who has the most mumbling interviews”.  Therefore, you have Derrick Rose as the winner with Dwight Howard second and LeBron third.

Honestly, if I had a vote, I’d have voted LeBron first, Dwight second and Rose third or fourth. If you are completely and utterly objective and remove everything from last Summer then I feel like you have to recognize that LeBron was the best player this season.  Of course it is the Most VALUABLE Player Award and not the Best Player Alive Award which is often where the argument gets the most twisted. It’s subjective. Every voter has their unique definition of what an “MVP” means and not to mention personal biases (or attempts to not looked biased).

Long story short, Dwight Howard finished right where he should have. Dwight had his best year ever, and is absolutely worthy of being in the MVP discussion. While I absolutely believe Dwight deserves it over Derrick Rose, LeBron is this year’s MVP and should have joined Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Larry Bird as the only players to win 3 straight MVPs.

Final season stats for LeBron, Dwight and D-Rose:

  PPG APG RPG FT% FG% PER
LeBron James 26.7 7.0 7.5 75.9% 51.0% 27.3
Dwight Howard 22.9 1.4 14.1 59.6% 59.3% 26.0
Derrick Rose 25.0 7.7 4.1 85.8% 44.5% 23.5

 

You can bring any stats into this that you want, LeBron still deserves to be ahead of Derrick Rose, with Dwight Howard second. Although, I was a big fan of Dwight sharing the award with either Rose or LeBron. CO-MVP, FTW!

So, I’ll give my half ass congrats to Derrick Rose and hope that next year the voting media members can bring a little more rationality to the award and do what is right.  Just as Magic fans get tired of the rest of the country taking Dwight for granted, it goes the same for the best player in the world, LeBron.          …….excuse me, I think I just got sick…….

Full results below:

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

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All-Time MVP Winners after the jump

All-Time MVP Winners

Season – Player, Team
1955-56
– Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1956-57 – Bob Cousy, Boston
1957-58 – Bill Russell, Boston
1958-59 – Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1959-60 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1960-61 – Bill Russell, Boston
1961-62 – Bill Russell, Boston
1962-63 – Bill Russell, Boston
1963-64 – Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
1964-65 – Bill Russell, Boston
1965-66 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1966-67 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1967-68 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1968-69 – Wes Unseld, Baltimore
1969-70 – Willis Reed, New York
1970-71 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1971-72 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1972-73 – Dave Cowens, Boston
1973-74 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1974-75 – Bob McAdoo, Buffalo
1975-76 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1976-77 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1977-78 – Bill Walton, Portland
1978-79 – Moses Malone, Houston
1979-80 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1980-81 – Julius Erving, Philadelphia
1981-82 – Moses Malone, Houston
1982-83 – Moses Malone, Philadelphia
1983-84 – Larry Bird, Boston
1984-85 – Larry Bird, Boston
1985-86 – Larry Bird, Boston
1986-87 – Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1987-88 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988-89 – Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1989-90 – Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1990-91 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1991-92 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1992-93 – Charles Barkley, Phoenix|
1993-94 – Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1994-95 – David Robinson, San Antonio
1995-96 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1996-97 – Karl Malone, Utah
1997-98 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1998-99 – Karl Malone, Utah
1999-00 – Shaquille O’Neal, L.A. Lakers
2000-01 – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
2001-02 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2002-03 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2003-04 – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
2004-05 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
2005-06 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
2006-07 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2007-08 – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
2008-09 – LeBron James, Cleveland
2009-10 – LeBron James, Cleveland
2010-11 – Derrick Rose, Chicago

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