Saturday , Mar , 31 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Nash Or Nowitzki For MVP?

Nash Or Nowitzki For MVP?

The choice for MVP comes down to Steve Nash or Dirk Nowitzki. And Sunday’s game between Nash’s Phoenix Suns and Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks could determine which of these two players wins the MVP hardware at season’s end.

The Nash or Nowitzki debate has split the NBA into two camps.

One camp supports Nash for MVP because they feel the award should go to the player with the greatest value to his team.

 The other camp supports Nowitzki for MVP because he’s the best player on the league’s best team.

Here’s why Nash should win MVP:

1) The Suns are all about offense. That’s their identity. Nash’s vision and basketball IQ makes the whole thing go. Take Nash out of Phoenix’s line-up and 7 seconds to shoot is 7 seconds from the NBA lottery.

2) This year, Nash is averaging 19 points and 12 assists per game. Both are career highs. If Nash’s numbers are better than his MVP seasons, then he should be in line for a three-peat.

 3) Nash has MVP presence. He plays the game properly. He has a positive on-court demeanor. He finds the open man. And he knows when to assert himself and when to defer to teammates.

Here’s why Nowitzki should win MVP:

1) The German has been Dallas’ best player. Dallas has been the NBA’s best team. Do the math.

2) Nowitzki is a better defensive player than Nash. He can lock down most forwards, while the Suns often have to hide Nash on defense by using Shawn Marion to cover opposing point guards.

3) Nowitzki has displayed MVP toughness by playing on a severely sprained ankle. He’s never complained about this injury. He’s never asked for or expected sympathy. Nowitzki’s just fought the pain and done everything in his power to help his team win.

Right now, the MVP race is close. Too close to call. Sunday’s game could tilt things in favor of Nash or Nowitzki.