What is the most important factor in determining who should be MVP?
There are two prevailing arguments:
Historically, the first argument has held true. “Best” can, of course, be a relative term. Charles Barkley & Karl Malone each won MVP trophies in seasons where it was clear that Michael Jordan was the best player on the best team. But in both of those cases, the Suns and Jazz were dominating the league and each player was having an particularly outstanding season.
When we look at it this way, we are left with only two options: Kobe or LeBron.
Let’s say the Lakers win 3 more regular season games than the Cavs at the end of the season. Here, you can make a strong case for Kobe. The Lakers compete in the tougher Western Conference.
If the Lakers and Cavs or even (or the Cavs are ahead), that might tip the scales to LeBron.
So why is Dwayne Wade in the conversation? This brings us to the second argument. Wade is having an outstanding season and his presence has elevated the Heat from a 15-win atrocity to a solid, playoff-bound team.
You can make a strong case that Wade is having the most spectacular season as an individual, but if *team dominance* truly counts, the only true contenders are Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Kobe wins again, but LeBron is fast on his heels.