The rest of ESPN.com's MVP picks..

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  1. G-Rob da great

    G-Rob da great Fear moondog.

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    B.J Armstrong
    Kobe Bryant, L.A Lakers


    Kobe Bryant is the best player in the game.

    Forget that his team is hovering around .500 and forget the notion he must make his teammates better to be MVP. It takes time for a team to adjust to working with a player whose game is at such a high level, and vice-versa. MJ was once the only one playing at that high a frequency, and it took time to assemble the right team that fit him.

    And forget the numbers, as impressive as they are. Let's go by what we see: a man going full out from tip-off, bringing a single-minded approach to each possession. On defense, he guards the other team's best player, whether it's Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups or Steve Nash.

    It's hard to find anybody in better condition. That's hard work and a commitment to excellence. We can't forget that. He's the MVP. -- B.J. Armstrong


    Chris Broussard
    Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is the MVP. Period.

    His individual numbers are better than last year's, when he won the award. He's averaging a career-high 19.8 points and a career-high 4.3 boards while shooting a career-best 50.9 percent from the floor. That's not to mention his league-leading 10.8 dimes a game.

    No disrespect to Shawn Marion, but Nash is the man most responsible for keeping Phoenix elite without the great Amare Stoudemire. I don't see any reason to believe that -- as long as he was unhindered by the coach -- Nash couldn't turn any team in the league into a playoff contender.

    Three previously unproductive or mediocre players -- Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and James Jones -- are having career years for the Suns, largely because of Nash's ability to get them wide-open looks at the hoop. His unselfishness is contagious and has spread throughout the lineup. -- Chris Broussard


    Ric Bucher
    Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

    Nash is such a no-brainer choice that to create an argument, the anti-Nashers needed someone truly unique, someone who has been overlooked despite being great. Kobe? The 81 took care of that. Dirk? No, he's recognized as the Mavs' lone star. Dwyane Wade? Ahh, perfect.

    Playing in Shaq's shadow, lost in the shuffle of Pat Riley's assemblage of past-their-prime All-Stars, Wade is the reason the Heat have eked out so many wins despite playing with a modicum of energy and defense. The question that has conveniently gone unanswered is why all that talent, including the Diesel, hasn't played up to par. It's convenient because that's where the entire Wade-for-MVP argument collapses. What, MVPs operate on an island?

    However you define the award, it has to do with being a great individual talent, a winner, and someone who makes his teammates better. Wade clearly has the first two. Nash, even more clearly, has all three.
    -- Ric Bucher
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  2. G-Rob da great

    G-Rob da great Fear moondog.

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    John Hollinger
    Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat

    This year's MVP is Dwyane Wade. Why? Let's take it from the top: He's been the best player in the league statistically. That doesn't necessarily make him the MVP, but it does put the burden of proof on the other candidates to show why it should be somebody else.

    I don't think anyone else can do that. In addition to the gaudy stats, Wade has played solid defense, been a prince in the locker room and has one of the biggest on-court/off-court differentials in the league. He's kept the Heat among the East's elite amidst Shaquille O'Neal's decline, and he's only gotten better as the year has gone on.

    So while you could make a case for several other candidates, they ultimately fall short in any head-to-head comparison against Wade.

    Nobody has done as much to contribute to his team's success. -- John Hollinger

    Tim Legler
    Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash in a landslide. His phenomenal numbers don't begin to tell the story of his impact. The Phoenix Suns won 62 games last season and underwent arguably more change than any team in the NBA during the offseason.

    Yet they are on pace for 56 wins again because the replacements -- James Jones, Raja Bell and Boris Diaw, castoffs from other teams -- are having career years. That's a direct result of playing alongside Nash, the NBA's most unselfish point guard.

    Of course, he has had help from Shawn Marion, an MVP candidate himself, but the Suns are a shadow of themselves when Nash doesn't play. He has the ability to beat you with his passing, his scoring and his mind.

    Is there any player in the league that other guys would cherish the opportunity to play with more than Steve Nash? Absolutely not.
    -- Tim Legler

    Jim O'Brien
    Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

    No player in the league is more valuable to his team than Nash is to the Suns.

    At the beginning of the year, I thought the Suns would struggle to make the playoffs without Stoudemire and with all the new pieces that had to be fit together. It is pretty clear to me that this is all a result of the magic that Nash continually works night in night out.

    His statistics are nothing short of remarkable. He is shooting 51.15 percent from the floor and 43 percent from the 3-point line. He seems to make every foul shot (92.24 percent) and is leading the league in assists at 10.8 per game. He was MVP last year and is having the same type of year with a completely new group.

    Frankly, with all due respect to Dwyane Wade and anyone else, I don't think it's even close. -- Jim O'Brien
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  3. G-Rob da great

    G-Rob da great Fear moondog.

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    Will Perdue
    Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat

    Wade is the best player in the league.

    Wade's scoring is up four points over last season and his turnovers are down by one per game. Wade is top 10 in steals, assists and scoring, and he's been to the line (549-703, 78 percent) more than all of the other plausible MVP candidates.

    Yeah, he plays with Shaq, but the Diesel is no longer a 12-cylinder engine (he's more like an eight-cylinder). Shaq has missed 19 games this season, and the Heat are still 45-22. D-Wade has played 63 of 67 games. He's carrying the Heat.

    I played with Michael Jordan, and a lot of players have been compared to MJ over the years, but D-Wade is the closest to having the game and the charisma to carry it off.

    Don't be fooled by the fact that he wears Converse. Nike owns Converse. -- Will Perdue

    Chris Sheridan
    Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

    Right now, we're about 82 percent of the way through the season, and I'm about 82 percent certain that I'll change my mind by the time the real ballots come out. But since this survey is informal, I've convinced myself it's a worthy cause to throw a first-place vote to Parker.

    With the Spurs owning the best record in franchise history after 67 games, I'm going with the guy who's made them tick all year as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have operated far below 100 percent. Tony has had maybe four bad games all season, and he's a point guard shooting an unfathomable 55 percent.

    Strong cases can be made for Chauncey Billups and Dwyane Wade, too, but unless the Spurs go 15-0 the rest of the way, it might make too much sense to ditch Parker, line up with the masses and pick between Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki, with Nash holding the edge so far. -- Chris Sheridan

    Kenneth Shouler
    Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is the most deserving of the MVP candidates.

    Honorable mentions go to Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant. But Nash has done more with less than either Wade or Bryant.

    He not only blows away his peers in assists, but in the process he's scoring 20 points per game and hitting 51 percent of his shots (both personal bests). Put another way, he's out-Stocktoning Stockton.

    His effect on the team? Phoenix scored 110 per game last year, the first team to do so in a decade (Orlando, Phoenix and Seattle all averaged 110 in 1995). This year the Suns' 108 points per game are a staggering eight points ahead of any other team.

    No other player in the league has quite so large an effect on his team's output.
    -- Kenneth Shouler
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    Bill Simmons
    Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat

    He's the best two-way player in the league. He's been scoring 33 a game and shooting 56 percent from the field for the past two months. He's the one star in the league who can completely turn a game around in about 90 seconds. He got over an early season funk of taking bad shots and makes the right decisions nearly all the time.

    He's probably the toughest two-guard since the late-'90s MJ. He's the most efficient superstar since the early-'90s MJ. He's been on a mission since he didn't win the MVP at the All-Star Game. And he has a knack for raising his game when it matters.

    Here's the point: Miami is 22-6 over its past 28 games, mainly because of Dwyane Wade. I see them continuing to get better and better. Why? Because he keeps getting better and better. After MJ retired, did you ever think you would see another guard average 30-35 points a night, rack up another six rebounds and six assists per game, play world-class defense and shoot 55 percent from the field? Well, it's happening. -- Bill Simmons

    Marc Stein
    Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

    Guess what? The reigning MVP is having a better season than he had last season. Which no one thought possible.

    Steve Nash's team, meanwhile, can claim seven players averaging career highs in scoring, owns a huge lead in its division and has cemented itself as one of the five best teams in the league ... all without Amare Stoudemire playing a minute.

    Now ask yourself where the Suns would be if it were Nash out all season instead of Stoudemire, with all the other injuries they've had and with just a few guys back from last season's 62-win team.

    Dwyane Wade is gaining and Dirk Nowitzki is the closest, because an otherwise starless Mavs team is threatening to post the best record in the league, but Nash is my choice entering the stretch run. Again. Is anybody in the league better at making other players better? -- Marc Stein

    Tom Tolbert
    Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

    Last week, I would've said Elton Brand. But not after broadcasting the Suns-Clippers game in which Nash led his team to a 126-95 win, contributing 25 points, 12 assists and three rebounds. The stat line doesn't tell the entire story of what Nash did in that game and has done throughout this season.

    It's his decision-making that makes him the best player in the game. He can make great decisions at a high speed in an instant. It's amazing to watch Nash whipping down the court and then see someone flash open for a second and get him the ball without hesitation before anyone has time to react.

    It's tremendous he's bettering last year's MVP numbers and, at the same time, validating an MVP that many people thought he didn't deserve last season when he beat out Shaq. After this season there should be no doubt in the minds of the voters that he deserved the MVP last year and certainly deserves it now. -- Tom Tolbert
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  5. cyphamasta

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    3 votes for Dwayne Wade. gotta love that. Wade is that dude.

    but it's mostly Nash.
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  6. G-Rob da great

    G-Rob da great Fear moondog.

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    My first reply in the Wade MVP thread..?

    "But hell, Kobe notched a top 5 finish in MVP voting with an even younger, more prime Shaquille O' Neal, so I'd say Wade is definetly deserving of some consideration.

    I'll also say that I wouldn't be surprised to see Wade win it. This year is one of the more "anybody could take it" years than I've seen in awhile.

    My opinion? If you give it to Steve Nash LAST year, I don't understand how he could not get it THIS year."


    Nash wins out 7-3 in that particular poll between the two (forgetting the fact that the fool B.J armstrong voted for Kobe, and one for Tony Parker). Not that it means much, I'm not even sure how many of them are on the voting panel.
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  7. DannyC

    DannyC Stay golden, pony boy.

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    not 1 for pierce?
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    how dirk goes unmentioned is astonishing
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  9. G-Rob da great

    G-Rob da great Fear moondog.

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    His team doesn't have the wins that most MVP canidates have, that's why I don't understand how Kobe got a vote.
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    DannyC Stay golden, pony boy.

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  11. Iceodu921

    Iceodu921 Resident Sports Genius

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    nash will prolly win again..

    IMO nash is more deserving this year than last year.
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  12. Matt Hood

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    if i was voting it'd be like this

    1)Kobe
    2)Dirk
    3)Pierce
    4)Nash
    5)Wade
    6)Darko
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  13. EdgarAllenFlow

    EdgarAllenFlow Punchlinestein

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    darko haha

    my vote would go to Nash
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  14. double ML

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    nash got this year's MVP on lock

    you see his numbers from the last 2 months?[wow]
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  15. Who Kares

    Who Kares not even your mother

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    anyone who votes kobe is either braindead or a dick riding cocksucker
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  16. double ML

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    ^^WK speaks the truth.
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  17. Hardkore

    Hardkore Blunts@TheBeach

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    the clippers are making the playoffs and elton brand is having a better statistical year than kevin garnett and tim duncan.

    wow.
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  18. double ML

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    i don't know how the fuck they gonna try to name kobe & parker w/o namin' brand
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    Nitsuj™ We Are The Resistance

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  20. Hardkore

    Hardkore Blunts@TheBeach

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    and another thing that scares me is...

    ...besides lebron's "4th quarter collapse syndrome" which is obviously due to him playing 35 out of the 36 minutes in the first three quarters of every game, his basically 30-7-7 statline and getting the cavs in the playoffs without larry hughes for half of the season should give him some mvp consideration. got damn at these dumb ass nba analysts. this is how i see the shit, man.

    1. steve nash.
    2. dwyane wade.
    3. elton brand.
    4. lebron james.
    5. kobe bryant.

    simple as that.
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