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What exactly do you mean by best player ??

So LeBron is awarded, imho,  a well deserved MVP.   And though his team does have a few other players of all-star or near all-star caliber (Ilgauskas, Mo Williams, D. West, Ben Wallace...) it's clear that he's done the most with less since Nash's 2nd MVP.

In some senses I like the fact that the award is a Most Valuable Player, rather than a best player, because it's so hard to define the best player in any meaningful sense. 

In fact, we have a point guard who has just has one of the best all round shooting seasons ever, and a few turnovers not withstanding, might be one of the 5 best passers ever, the best off-hand (i.e left hand, if you're a righty) passer of all time, and one of the best dribblers to ever play. His floor vision is pretty spectacular too.

So clearly, it's not enough to be the most skillful player, there's more.

We have Shaq, who on a good day is still the most imposing physical force in the NBA.   Absolutely dominant.

In terms of the psychology of running a team, Chauncey Billups has performed miracles in getting the Nuggets to where they are.  It's amazing how much difference a single player can make.  I'd point out, though, how much worse the Pistons have gotten without him, and with the addition of Iverson.

Then you look at defense, and the play of Battier & Artest, and see just how much of a difference they make.   It's telling, though, that while some great defensive players have won the trophy, no *predominantly defensive* player has won the MVP since Russell.

What I love about LeBron winning, is that for the first time in a long time, the MVP is someone who figures in the conversation in all these aspects of the NBA game.  He's not the best at any single thing, but he's legitimately, and without too much hype, top-10 in each of those categories.  You can't say the same about any MVP winner, probably since Jordan.

The thing is.. he could be better, and that's simultaneously an exciting and scary thought.

 

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