05/11/2006 4:58 pm
Here's a pretty good link
I have a number of thoughts on this issue, but never got around to posting any of them here. So if you have some of your own, go ahead.
|Scott - Resident Tech Support|
|The NBA sucks. Although I don'tn like him as a person, I don't understand how Kobe didn't win. He is clearly the best overall player in the game, in my opinion. But I guess if they think Tom Petty, I mean Steve Nash is the best player, than he probably is.|
|icbeast - Refactor Mercilessly|
That's funny stuff. I don't think most people who get to vote view it as a "best player" award. If they do and they voted for Nash, then they are really smoking the good stuff. I think that they actually try to gauge who was most valuable to their team, in which case Nash should get some votes but there's no way he should've won this year. I guess I actually didn't watch much NBA (because it does suck compared to NCAA hoops) this year, but I still payed a fair amount of attention. I believe Nash won for two reasons. First, the lost Amare completely and had to replace a couple other key guys and they still had as good of a year as the last. Nash gets a lot of credit for that, I'm not sure if it's completely warrented or not but it's hard to argue with. Second, the Suns are constantly being emphasized as a run and gun team and Nash is viewed as the cornerstone to that game plan. And you can't really argue with that, if you want to constantly push the ball down the court you need to have a point that can play that way.
Why shouldn't he have won though? Because he's much less of a one man team than Kobe or James and both of their teams were successful enough that one of them should've won they award. Nash is valuable to his team, but they're a pretty deep team and a high-assist point guard is only as good as the people he passes the ball too. Kobe and James can create for other people when they want, but they can also create their own shot pretty much at will (and make it, and get to the foul line if necessary). And they play better D than Nash, which isn't saying much.