Sunday , Mar , 09 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Crowning an MVP: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, or Chris Paul?

All season, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, and Chris Paul have dazzled us with their on-court heroics. Bryant and Garnett have brought L.A and Boston back from oblivion. In Cavalier country, King James’s stat-stuffing, all-round play has drawn comparisons to Oscar Robertson, while Chris Paul has put The Big Easy back on the NBA map …

Crowning an MVP: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, or Chris Paul?The AM Take: In March, hoop heads can feast on an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of great basketball. High schools crown their state champions. March madness is in full effect. And NBA teams vie for playoff spots.

There’s also the NBA’s MVP race to enjoy. All season, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, and Chris Paul have dazzled us with their on-court heroics.

Bryant and Garnett have brought L.A and Boston back from oblivion. In Cavalier country, King James’s stat-stuffing, all-round play has drawn comparisons to Oscar Robertson, while Chris Paul has put The Big Easy back on the NBA map.

All four players have been brilliant. With twenty games left who deserves MVP honors? As always, read the post, form an opinion, and check in with your MVP in the comment box below.

Why Kobe Bryant is MVP …

This year, Mamba has scaled back his shot-launching escapades and started to facilitate for others. With an improved supporting cast, he’s led the Lakers to the best record in the Western Conference.

Don’t get it twisted. When necessary, Bryant can still takeover and drop a cool fifty on any defense. Just ask Avery Johnson and the Dallas Mavericks.

Why Kevin Garnett is MVP …

He’s intense in practice, pre-season, and even when decked out in street clothes watching teammate Rajon Rondo compete in the rookie-sophomore game during All-Star weekend.

Garnett’s tremendous skill is one thing, but his presence has lifted the Celtics to the top of the league standings.

Why LeBron James is MVP …

He scores. He rebounds. He sets-up teammates. And he single-handedly rescued Cleveland from their first-half slide. In fact, the only thing James hasn’t done is fluff Anderson Varejao’s afro.

Why Chris Paul is MVP …

CP3 is dominating opponents, dropping 21 points and 11 assists for an emerging New Orleans squad. It may be too soon for Paul to win MVP, but he’s already the best table-setter in the NBA

Who is your MVP: Bryant, Garnett, James or Paul? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts. The AM Take is Oly’s morning thoughts on the NBA appearing Sunday through Friday on HoopsVibe NBA Blog. Errors can be attributed to the time and his need for another coffee.

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