Here are my NBA MVP candidates for the 2010-2011 season.
1. Derrick Rose – Talk about a player who has had to deal with different players around him, this guy has had to play with eighty different lineups. With Carlos Boozer unable to stay on the floor as well as Joakim Noah, Rose has needed to adapt. Add in eight new players to the team and the Bulls are at the top of the East and destroying any team in their way. Derrick Rose is the guy who runs the show in Chicago and if he doesn’t win the MVP this year I assume Tim Donaghy is back with the NBA.
2. Amare Stoudemire – Amare has embraced the New York culture and isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind when his team isn’t doing well including singling out Carmelo Anthony. He has made the Knicks a legit contender and hopefully that doesn’t get lost with the addition of Carmelo. If he could put together some type of defensive game he would be an absolute force.
3. Kevin Durant – Once Durant learns how to close out games he will be a three or four time MVP when it’s all said and done. He plays defense and at some points in games he is nearly unguardable, not bad for a player that couldn’t bench 185 pounds during his private workouts.
4. Dirk Nowitzki – Quietly Dallas is in third place and nobody cares. They have committed to defense for the first time this year and with the addition of Tyson Chandler it’s hard for teams to drive the paint. Dirk is doing what he always does and getting less recognition, if Dallas was able to advance past the first round in the past few years I think Dirk would be getting more attention this year.
5. Dwyane Wade – Clearly Lebron isn’t the reason the Heat have had success, it’s Wade. Lebron hasn’t been able to close out games, yet Wade has been consistent the whole time. Once he lets the team know it is his team the Heat might start to beat some tougher competition, for now they will take a back seat to the Celtics and Bulls.