We're three quarters of the way through this wacky NBA season, and to mark the occasion The Hoops Manifesto has gathered together the best basketball minds at Bloguin to vote on the early season leaders for MVP, Rookie of the Year and All-NBA honors. The envelopes, please.
Voting Panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf and Bonk from TWolves Blog, Andre from The Fantasy Dudes, Philip Rossman-Reich from Orlando Magic Daily, and Don from With Malice.
LeBron James - Miami (4 votes out of 6)
27.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 6.7 apg, 2.0 spg, 53.9% FG
Not only is LeBron James having a dominant statistical season, he also claims to be too tough to get a concussion. Pretty impressive feat.
Others receiving votes: Kevin Durant
Rookie of the Year:
Kyrie Irving - Cleveland (4 votes out of 6)
18.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.0 spg
With top challenger Ricky Rubio out with a bum knee, Kyrie Irving pretty much has the Rookie of the Year award locked up.
Others receiving votes: Ricky Rubio
(voting scoring system: 15 points for 1st Team vote, 10 for 2nd Team, 5 for 3rd Team)
First Team All-NBA
Kobe Bryant - Lakers (80 points)
28.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg
Dwyane Wade - Miami (60 points)
22.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.3 bpg
LeBron James - Miami (90 points)
27.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 6.7 apg, 2.0 spg, 53.9% FG
Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City (75 points)
27.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.2 bpg
Dwight Howard - Orlando (90 points)
21.0 ppg, 14.8 rpg, 1.5 spg, 2.2 bpg
Synopsis: Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen are the only active players to log more NBA minutes in the careers than Kobe Bryant, yet Kobe is the only one still playing at an All-World level. With his injury woes behind him, Dwyane Wade joins his teammate and MVP front-runner LeBron James in his rightful place - First Team All-NBA. While James might be the current leader in the MVP race, he's going to have to work for it because Kevin Durant is following closely on his heels. The only certainty surrounding Dwight Howard at this point is that he is the best center in the league.
Second Team All-NBA
Derrick Rose - Chicago (55 points)
22.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 8.0 apg
Chris Paul - Clippers (45 points)
19.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 8.6 apg, 2.4 spg
Kevin Love - Minnesota (65 points)
26.2 ppg, 13.7 rpg
LaMarcus Aldridge - Portland (55 points)
21.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg
Andrew Bynum - Lakers (55 points)
18.0 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg
Synopsis: It looks like Derrick Rose's push to win back-to-back MVP crowns is dead - he's missed a third of the season so far due to injuries. The Clippers have been playing like the Clippers of old, limping to a 4-6 record over their last 10 games. But while his shooting has dipped this month (especially from three-point range), Chris Paul has been his usual, steady self. How does it feel to score 51 points, grab 14 boards and hit seven three-pointers yet still have your team lose? One man can answer that question - Kevin Love. Portland blew up their team at the trade deadline, but they wisely kept LaMarcus Aldridge and appear to be set on building around him. At 24 years of age and finally healthy, Andrew Bynum has firmly established himself as the second-best center in the NBA.
Third Team All-NBA
Tony Parker - San Antonio (35 points)
19.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 8.0 apg, 1.0 spg
Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City (40 points)
24.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg
Josh Smith - Atlanta (20 points)
18.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.9 bpg
Blake Griffin - Clippers (35 points)
20.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.9 apg
Marc Gasol - Memphis (20 points)
15.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.9 bpg
Synopsis: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are now the only teammates in NBA history to score 40 points in the same game twice this season. The Spurs have no business still being one of the best teams in the NBA when you consider the age of their roster and injury issues. Kudos, Mr. Tony Parker. Josh Smith's stat-stuffing ways might not get him many accolades elsewhere, be we respect his steez. You could argue that Blake Griffin is experiencing a sophomore slump this season. Still, 21 and 11 a night is damn good for a "slump". And to think the world screamed bloody murder when the Lakers "stole" Pau Gasol from Memphis and the Grizzlies ended up with little brother Marc's rights.
Josh Smith with yet another epic BEAST MODE STUD statline tonight. Just a ho-hum 30 and 18 with 5 assists.
I can't believe you guys would hate on him. Makes me soooo sad. :-(
I have an idea. Tell Wade to phuck himself, move Lebron to PG and then put Kevin Love in his rightful place on the 1st team!
Man... Deron Williams is getting hosed. I guess it's tough though with all the great PG's in the NBA. Good to see Josh Smith get rightful recognition at least. KD4MVP
@CollegeWolf Ya guys - stop making CW sad, because that makes me sad.
@Daddyfatsax I like it.
@Daddyfatsax I guess that could be classified as an "idea"!
@WithMalice Yeah, he definitely got totally hosed as well!
@WithMalice I think I've heard of him. Basketball player, right?
@BonK Here they are, in order (and there's some surprise names here): Nash, Deron Williams, Garnett, Dirk, Iguodala, Bosh, Tyson Chandler, Rondo, Pau, Al Jefferson, Greg Monroe.
@CollegeWolf Deron didn't make my ballot - for guards I had Paul, Westbrook, Kobe, Wade, Rondo and Parker, so I don't agree with the "hosed" comment.
@Jeff Fox Preach.
@Jeff Fox Hater. Love is 1st team.
@CollegeWolf Ya think? I think he's lucky to be there.
@Daddyfatsax I bet he could even play point foward if he had too.......................
@Jeff Fox Love plays C, PF, SF, and SG for the Wolves. take your pick!
@Daddyfatsax We do it like the NBA does it - two guards, two forwards and a center. It doesn't get broken down by point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward. If you want to state that Love is the best power forward in the game, that is fine by me.
@Jeff Fox So you worry about positions for the guards but disregard them for 'forwards' huh? If positions are so set in stone for you, then you have to pick THE BEST SF and THE BEST PF to start on the team. Lebron or Durant. Now what?
@Daddyfatsax They play different positions on the court and the teams consist of two guard, two forwards and a center. My first team was Paul & Kobe, LeBron & Durant and Howard. No way can I vote Love in ahead of LeBron or Durant.
@Jeff Fox All-NBA isn't a lifetime achievement award. If it was, then KG and Duncan would be 1st team. That said, how can you, with a straight face, say that Wade has had more of an impact on the court this year than Love? Can't be true.
@Daddyfatsax I think he's awesome, but I think I personally voted him onto the 2nd Team.
@WithMalice That's exactly what I'm saying. But it's ok that you disagree - I still love you.
@Jeff Fox Well, what you're saying is that he's one of the best 6 forwards in the NBA. I simply don't follow the same train of thought.
@WithMalice And I think it's really neato when he slam dunks. There - is that better?!
@Jeff Fox Awesome Mr Hollinger!
@WithMalice Geez, that's some hateraide there. He's been an absolute BEAST this year carrying that team. Plus he's one of the best defenders in the league.
@Jeff Fox @WithMalice @BonK I don't know how you can take Wade over Rose to start a franchise. The reason I say that is because Rose is soooooo much younger than Wade. Perhaps Wade is better "right now", but he's older and more injury prone. Just doesn't seem like it would be a good decision to start a franchise with a guy that might only give like 1 or 2 more prime years before declining.
Rose has missed 16 games, Wade 9. I think that is significant, especially based on the sample size of games we're going off of.
'K. But I didn't think we were discussing 'titles'. And if you are going to go that path, how about acknowledging that the best player in the game today - our consensus MVP - plays alongside one Dwyane Wade. Surely that impacts as well then.And I think the point is: 3 games. If you want to go ahead and say you "think Wade's better", that's one thing. But stating that it's on games played is a lil' thin.