Sometime today, the NBA will anounce Kobe Bryant is the NBA’s MVP.
Analyzing this year results, I really think the MVP came down to two players, either Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul. Before I go any further, I know many on the East Coast would point to LeBron James or Kevin Garnett. To be honest both those players were MVP to their teams but Kobe had a better year. Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers beat both the New Orleans Hornets and the San Antonio Spurs the last week of the regular season to gain control of the best record in the West. I think Chris Paul receives less national coverage than Kobe and the lost by the New Orleans Hornets during the last week of the regular season secured Kobe Bryant’s MVP for 2008.
If we were to look at the NBA regular season from start to finish, Kobe overcame all the media circus regarding his possible departure from the Lakers and took the LA Lakers to the best record in the West. The Western Conference is more competitive than the East. Kobe stepped up his play and the LA Lakers surrounded him with a great supporting cast. The trio of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom is the essential reason the LA Lakers earned the best record in the West.
Kobe Bryant’s stats for 2008 were 28.3 points per game, 5.4 assists per game, and 6.3 rebound per game. Kobe’s stats for 2007 were very similiar with 31.6 points per game, 5.4 assists per game, and 5.7 rebounds per game. Kobe’s stats are consistent from year to year. His scoring average has been declining over the last 3 years but with a supporting cast that he can rely on, he no longer needs to put up as many points.
I still do not like Kobe Bryant but he has earned this MVP thanks to the teammates the LA Lakers surrounded him with this year. Kobe is a great one on one player who can score at will when he is in the zone. It is interesting to note that the LA Lakers got themselves a big man in Pau Gasol after the Andrew Bynum injury and then the Lakers turnaround really begun. Can Kobe’s success only be associated with a big man, aka Shaq and Gasol? hmmmmm