SECAUCUS, N.J., March 13, 2007 -- Hey, nobody is perfect, right? Luckily, it is never too late to admit a mistake or two or in my case five. With that being said, here are the First Annual Race to the MVP My Bads ...

My bad, Sixers … After spending 32 years as a fan, I jumped off the bandwagon (despite having a lifetime membership) somewhere between Allen Iverson getting a Denver address and Chris Webber going back home to Detroit.

I know, I’m the worst. Where is my loyalty?

Yo Samuel, Kyle, Dre Miller, Billy King and Mo Cheeks, please forgive me and take me back. I know I shouldn’t have abandoned ship.

If only I would have known that Andre Iguodala was going to single-handedly bring you guys back into playoff contention this season instead of three or four years from now. Speaking of Iguodala, check out this editorial e-mailed to me by one of my colleagues.

After stringing together seven victories in a row, Philly’s record now stands at 25-38, just four games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Line of the Week
Andre Iguodala, Sixers
March 7 vs. Sonics
25 points, 11 rebounds 10 assists

My bad, Shaquille O'Neal Wow big fella, I thought you were done. I had already stuck the fork in you. And you know what, you can’t really blame me. You missed most of the first half of the season because of injury and even when you did play you didn’t really do your thing like back in the day.

I should have known better than to count you out but I forgot that throughout your career you’ve made a point of proving doubters wrong (What up, Kobe?).

With Dwyane Wade sidelined with a shoulder injury, you’ve powered your squad to six straight wins and you guys have your swagger back. A few weeks ago, it looked like Washington was going to run away and hide with the Southeast Division title. Now it seems like it’s a foregone conclusion that the Heat will run down the Wizards, who you trail by only one game.

My bad, Tracy McGrady Of course I knew you were one of the 10 most talented ballers on the planet. Still, I thought your creaky back, which for the past few years has caused you to spend a ton of time in designer clothes instead of your uniform, had won the battle. I thought your days of being the man were over.

When Yao Ming went down in December with his leg injury, I thought your Rockets would follow. Boy did you prove me wrong.

You’ve regained your All-NBA caliber form. Thanks to your averages of 24.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists, Houston has a record of 39-25, good for fifth in the ultra-competitive West.

My bad, Stephon Marbury and Isiah Thomas Has anyone looked at Stephon’s point totals during the past eight games? Marbury has been on fire, dropping in 22, 22, 25, 23, 34, 38, 40 and 15 points.

That stretch has brought his season averages up to a healthy 15.8 points and 5.5 assists per game. No, Marbury didn’t forget how to play. It just seemed that way during the nightmare that was the 2005-06 Knicks season.

And while we’re talking about New York, congratulations Isiah on your multiyear contract extension. With 29 victories so far, you already have six more wins than all of last year and if the season ended today, you’d be in the postseason.

Larry Brown is a Hall of Fame coach, he just wasn’t as good a fit as you are to motivate the Knicks. I didn't think you would get the job done, but obviously your squad has shown improvement.

My bad, 1996 Chicago Bulls … Watching the Warriors embarrass Race to the MVP leader Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks on Monday to end their 17-game win streak reminded me of just how hard it is to win 70 games, let alone 72.

While one defeat doesn’t take any of the shine off of what the Mavericks (52-10) have done this season, there may not ever be another squad as dominant as the 1995-96 Bulls.

Also, as a reminder of how great Michael Jordan was, check the history books. MJ was so dominant that he was named MVP of the All-Star Game, regular season and The Finals.

Do you want to apologize about a wrong basketball prediction you made this season? Send me your "My bads."

Here are the player rankings for the season through March 12.

Race to the MVP - Overall Player Rankings
1. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
25.0 9.5 3.5 0.7 0.9 .501 .906
  • Last Week's Rank - 1
    Put the kids to bed early, tell your significant other you're busy and find a television Wednesday night at 9 ET. The top two players in the Race to the MVP will be on the floor at the same time when Dirk's Mavs host Nash's Suns on ESPN. After a subpar performance on Monday, I have a funny feeling that Nowitzki will bounce back strongly.

  • 2. Steve Nash, Phoenix
    19.0 3.3 11.6 0.8 0.1 .532 .883
  • Last Week's Rank - 2
    Nash has 41 double-doubles on the season. Don't let his final stat line of 10 points and eight assists from Monday's win over the Rockets fool you into thinking he had a below-average game. He took just seven shots in the 21-point rout.

  • 3. LeBron James, Cleveland
    27.4 6.8 5.9 1.6 0.7 .482 .684
  • Last Week's Rank - 5
    Don't look now but LeBron is doing everything he can to get back into contention in the MVP race. He is averaging almost 34 points in his last 11 games for Cleveland, which has won five straight and trails Detroit by two games for the best mark in the East.

  • 4. Tracy McGrady, Houston
    24.5 5.2 6.1 1.2 0.5 .432 .700
  • Last Week's Rank - 4
    It was thought that the return of Yao would free T-Mac up more, but he has struggled to find his groove lately. In his last three games he has gone 11-for-25, 6-for-17 and 8-for-28 from the floor.

  • 5. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
    29.2 5.7 5.6 1.4 0.4 .458 .863
  • Last Week's Rank - 3
    Kobe is proof that one man really can't win games on his own. He is still putting up big numbers but his individual success hasn't translated into victories lately for the Lakers, who have dropped six in a row.

  • 6. Tim Duncan, San Antonio
    20.1 10.7 3.4 0.8 2.3 .537 .650
  • Last Week's Rank - 7
    Led by Duncan, the Spurs, who have reeled off 12 straight victories, now have the longest winning streak in the league. Duncan was reliable as usual last week, posting 24 points and eight boards Tuesday, 16 and 13 on Thursday and 17 and 13 on Saturday.

  • 7. Gilbert Arenas, Washington
    28.7 4.8 5.8 1.9 0.2 .419 .849
  • Last Week's Rank - 6
    With the exception of his shooting percentage, Arenas continues to put up outstanding numbers. The Wizards have been streaky lately: They won three, lost four, won three and are currently on a three-game skid.

  • 8. Chris Bosh, Toronto
    22.9 10.3 2.4 0.5 1.4 .506 .763
  • Last Week's Rank - 9
    After grabbing just one rebound in a loss to the Wizards last Tuesday, Bosh has regained his form pulling down nine, 10 and 10 in his last three contests. His offensive production has remained high. He averaged 24 points a game last week.

  • 9. Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
    22.9 12.6 4.3 1.3 1.7 .483 .832
  • Last Week's Rank - 8
    KG is in position to win his fourth straight rebounding title. The problem for Garnett is even when he is super, the results aren't always good for Minnesota. How else do you explain him putting up 23 points and 11 rebounds in a loss last week to Miami and 32 points, 10 boards, five assists and five blocks in a loss to Atlanta?

  • 10. Deron Williams, Utah
    17.1 3.5 9.2 1.2 0.2 .467 .758
  • Last Week's Rank - 10
    I received a fair amount of e-mails from Utah last week saying thanks for finally showng Deron some love by moving him into the Top 10, but Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer need to be up there too. Well, Williams is ranked above those two because although they've all been great, he's been the most consistent of the trio.
  • Close But No Cigar (season averages - last week's rank)
    11. Chauncey Billups (DET): 17.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 7.6 APG - (11)
    12. Carmelo Anthony (DEN): 29.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG. 4.1 APG - (12)
    13. Josh Howard (DAL): 19.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.9 APG - (14)
    14. Dwight Howard (ORL): 18.0 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 1.9 BPG - (13)
    15. Amare Stoudemire (PHX): 20.4 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG - (16)
    16. Carlos Boozer (UTA): 20.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 2.9 APG - (18)
    17. Vince Carter (NJN): 25.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.5 APG - (17)
    18. Andre Iguodala (PHI): 18.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 5.6 APG - (NR)
    19. Ben Gordon (CHI): 21.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.9 APG - (20)
    20. Zach Randolph (POR): 23.5 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.9 APG - (NR)
  • Dropped out: Jermaine O'Neal (Pacers), Caron Butler (Wizards).

  • Running the Floor

    If the season ended today, the Pacers would have the seventh seed in the East, but the way things are going for Indiana, it is going to be tough to hold on to their playoff spot. Franchise player Jermaine O'Neal is sidelined with a knee problem and the Pacers are currently riding a nine-game losing streak.
    Of course Tim Duncan is the headliner in San Antonio, but how good has Manu Ginobili been lately? During the Spurs' 12-game winning streak, he has scored at least 20 five times, at least 30 twice and at least 40 once. For the season, the reigning Player of the Week is averaging 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.