Sunday , Jan , 30 , 2011 J.N.

The NBA league MVP Criteria

I hear this from fans a lot trash talking each other, “It’s not my fault that your team sucks.” That’s not trash talking. That is just stating the obvious. Of course you’re not responsible. You place the blame on the general manager and players. Way to go, douche. He smiled while high fiving his friend. Then he posted his status to Facebook. I’m willing to bet he quoted himself and placed that underneath his default picture. Lame. Stupid. He had to be a Laker fan wearing a Kobe jersey.

Sad news is that 2011 Kobe Bryant is not a top 3 MVP candidate anymore unless you’re a Laker homer/ Kobe rider. U mad?

This brings me to discuss the league MVP definition and criteria. This comes up every season at 41 games in, which is the midway point. All the talking heads come out of the woodwork in every magazine, online article, television segment, message board, podcast, and radio show to put in their opinion regarding the MVP race. They give their thoughts, or feelings, and people either agree or get trolled to death. Getting trolled is prestigious. That is an honor. Back to the topic, before I begin to list the MVP criteria, let’s define the MVP award. Why am I doing this? Well, many people, and experts, get this wrong half the time. The definition gets fuzzy. Let’s clean it up.

The initials stand for Most Valuable Player. Get that? Most Valuable Player, not Best Player. Otherwise, the award should have been called “Best Player.” The award is given to the Most Valuable Player of the team. It is not given to the Best Player in the NBA. In summation, the most valuable player is the absolute best player on that team. No arguments. No negotiations. Cut and dry. Simple. Yet, this is where people eff up.

How do we determine who is the most valuable player on the team?

A) Statistics – points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, minutes, games played, and three point percentages are the building blocks. PER (Player Efficiency Rating), EFF (efficiency), and true shooting percentage are for the hard core geeks. The building blocks are reserved for media whores to easily examine. That is where the numbers are weighed heavily. There are more advanced statistics like win shares and +/-, but those are not weighed heavily by the majority.

B) Team record – The most valuable player has to be on a squad that has at least 55 wins at the end of the regular season. That team is usually top 2 – top 3 depending on year. The team record has to show win improvement from the previous year. If the team has 10-20+ games win improvement, the major media sports outlets eat that up fast.

C) Impact – This is also known as the “EYE TEST.” Watch the games. Do not watch just one game. Watch as many as you can. Examine how the player is getting the job done. Look at his teammates. Then think, “Who does more with less?” Most importantly, observe how the player is taking over games.

That is all. These are the ABCs of MVP. Statistics tell 50% of the story. Watching the games gives the other half to form the entire picture.

How does one maintain MVP candidacy?
– Player has to make All Star team. If player does not make it, he is no longer an MVP candidate.
– Do not miss 10 or more games. Once a player misses 8 games by the 41 games played mark, the player did not lose the MVP bid, but has automatically fallen out of the top 3. Miss 10 by the midway point then player is out of top 5. Miss 11+ by the end of the season then player is not considered MVP. However, this should only be applied on case by case.
*2000 -2001 Allen Iverson won MVP while missing 11 games.

The stat whores roaming the Internet have to realize that numbers are not the sole basis of any player getting the MVP trophy. The numbers do form the foundation, but ultimately do not make or break anyone’s bid. Efficiency, true shooting percentage, and Player Efficiency Rating do not mean much when stacked up against the building blocks. However, team record and impact should never be out of the discussion because they’re vital for anyone’s case. If anyone just talks about statistics then that means they are not watching the games. Write their opinions off as conventional. If they watch the games, but don’t talk about numbers then they have to be ignored, too. Everything has to be discussed.

Furthermore, this is no such thing as “Co-MVP.” Don’t be ridiculous. That does not exist and stupid to fathom.

This is the blueprint for anyone voting for MVP. Bookmark it. Your overlord has spoken.

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