Monday , Apr , 04 , 2011 J.N.

Should the NBA MVP award be trashed?

This is the most ridiculous thing I heard coming out from these arguments. Discrediting Derrick Rose is one thing, but to completely dismiss the award just because people do not agree with your assessments is another. This is flat out stupid. Why did people pick out this year to bring this up again? This was echoed with Steve Nash’s awards and probably with Allen Iverson’s. Is this what it has come down to?

First off, it is laughably lame to even pose the question especially when a 6-3 point guard is beating out taller men for the award. If your big stud isn’t beating out a little guy (pause), hit him up on Twitter and demand better results.

This is why people want the award to be irrelevant –

  • It does not have clear guidelines.
  • People automatically assume that MVP means best player.
  • The award is not given to the best player every year. Voters get it wrong a lot.

I’m here to explain that the league will not release guidelines for the MVP award. Most of the past winners were chosen correctly by fellow players and then later on by media voters. If you think that the award should go to the best overall statistical player, then that’s fine. If you feel that the award should go to the player who is performing better than anyone else, then that’s cool, too.

Here are some tidbits-

  • Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds in 1961-1962. He did not get MVP.  Bill Russell won.
  • Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists in 1961-1962. He didn’t win.
  • Kobe Bryant averaged 35.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 2005-2006. He did not get it.
  • Chris Paul averaged 21.1 points, 4 rebounds, 11.6 assists, and 2.7 steals in 2007-2008. Kobe won that.

These guys had great statistical years. Their advanced numbers were great, too. But they ended up being losers. Why? Their team did not win enough. The award acknowledges winning according to the trend shown in history. I do not know why you guys are completely dismissing wins and losses. It’s not hard to figure out. The stats (and advanced metrics) are irrelevant if the player is not leading the team to more victories. It’s that simple. No need to punch numbers in a calculator to find the answer. This is not rocket science, guys.

Oscar Robertson averaged a triple double and did not even get the MVP. He did not win enough, plain and simple. This relates to today’s MVP race. Dwight Howard became the flavor of the week against Derrick Rose for some unknown reason. I think his defense impact is the answer for why he’s brought up, but that’s why the NBA has the Defensive Player of the Year award.

The NBA will not make up new awards, such as Offensive Player of the Year, to please critics. They have not done that before. Why should they do it now? Things are fine the way they are. Leave it alone. There will always be critics every year especially when a short guard is involved. They want the NBA MVP to always be discussed and scrutinized in every blog, message board, Twitter account, and article to death because this creates more publicity. Controversy sells. The NBA does not want to f*$k that up. That is also why the award remains the most prestigious.

Listen, there is absolutely no right or wrong way of approaching the MVP trophy. But to dismiss wins is downright stupid. The award should not be trashed just because some people do not agree with the criteria.


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