MVP Race

I just watched the Dallas-Phoenix thriller for the third time on DVR. Excellent game. I came away with two thoughts.
No. 1 – Steve Nash is unbelievable. If you could draw a picture of a playmaker, it would be him. He is an offensive wizard. I can watch him all day. He is so sound, yet breathtaking.
No. 2 – Steve Nash is not the MVP. The reason: Amare Stoudemire. This dude is equally spectacular. There is no way I can say Steve Nash deserves an MVP award with a player like that on his team, especially when you throw in Shawn Marion. Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t have anyone nearly as good as Stoudemire, or Marion, on his team.
Nash supporters for MVP, be honest. If you took Stoudemire, Marion, Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and any other solid PG in the league, would they make the playoffs? Granted, they may not be No. 2 unless you put another All-Star PG in Nash’s place. But they’d be top eight. They might win the Pacific still. They would be a different type of time, low-post oriented.
Now, would Josh Howard, Erick Dampier, Jason Terry and Devin Harris — along with any other solid power forward, make the playoffs? Would this aforementioned team be better than the Warriors?
I don’t think so.
Nash is the most valuable player on the Suns. But it’s not as big of gap from Nash to Stoudemire as it is from Dirk Nowitzki to Jason Terry. For that, in my mind, he can’t be MVP. Isn’t that the reason Shaq, inexplicably, has only one MVP – because he’s played with All-NBA caliber players such as Anfernee Hardaway, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade?

Marcus Thompson

  • manhattanproj

    but how can you not give the award to nash? he’s better than last year. he won many games for the suns by himself. yes he has amare and marion, but that shouldn’t take away what he has done. i don’t think the shaq argument flies here because shaq is obviously a dominant force on the block but he doesn’t do anything else. he doesn’t block shots and rebound for a 7’1″ guy. that’s why he’s not mvp worthy. dirk is having a season like many of his past. i don’t understand why all of a sudden dirk is consider mvp worthy.

  • itsagreattimeout

    Shaq should have at least 5 mvps. He’s the most unstoppable player I ever saw.

  • commish

    Besides agreeing with what you wrote, another interesting wrinkle to me in an “urban” dominated league, often maligned because of color distinctions, both incredibly talented players are white.