Every couple of weeks in the 2008-2009 season, bloggers from ’round the NBA blogosphere will participate in a poll ranking the top 10 MVP candidates and the top five Rookie of the Year candidates. The idea was hatched by the guys at Brew Hoop and a different blog site will host each installment of the rankings. The first installment was hosted by Ryan McNeill of Hoops Addict. You can find the second hosted by Rob Mahoney of Upside and Motor.
My rankings are as follows:
MVP Rankings (previously ranked)
#1 Lebron James (2) – I previously had D-Wade ranked #1, but I must give LeBron his due. The Cavs are winning games by a double-digit average and LeBron is making his teammates better. Cleveland is shooting over 48% from the field, holding opponents to just above 42%, and have the 2nd best rebounding % in the league.
#2 Kobe Bryant (6) – The Lakers are the better team, Kobe plays the bridesmaid in the MVP race because he has the better supporting cast.
#3 Kevin Garnett (9) – Sustained Leadership.
#4 Dwight Howard (8) – Without Howard, the Magic are essentially the Wizards.
#5 Chris Paul (2) – He’ll have the Hornets in serious contention before the season is over.
#6 Chauncey Billups (NR) – Dark horse candidate is coming on strong and showing that he wasn’t a product of the Detroit system, rather his veteran swag is adaptable and makes others better.
#7 Dwyane Wade (1) – I hate to drop D-Wade this far after I had him ranked first in the initial poll….perhaps this week will factor in team record more than others. Oh, and I’d watched him kill the Wizards just prior to the previous rankings.
#8 Amare Stoudamire (7) – Because he’s really good and the Suns are relevant.
#9 Paul Pierce (5) - Respect.
#10 Chris Bosh (NR) - See Above.
ROY Rankings (previously ranked)
#1 Derrick Rose (1) – Plays the hardest position to learn and the Bulls aren’t terrible.
#2 OJ Mayo (3)
#3 Rudy Fernandez (NR)
#4 Michael Beasley (2)
#5 Marc Gasol (NR)
Ok, now head over to Upside and Motor and check the full poll, Blogger MVP/ROY Rankings Round 2: Singalong Edition.