March 25, 2008 -- While sorting through my weekly I-canít-believe-someone-actually-wrote-that-to-me e-mails, I ran across this pleasant one from Rob in Ohio:
ďMo, every week you try to tell us why so and so should be the MVP this season. You know what would be interesting, why donít you tell us the reasons why so and so are not the MVP of the league this season.Ē
At first I thought, ďWhy the heck would I want to do that?Ē
The name of this column/blog/article is ďRace to the MVPĒ not ďRace to the Not Going to be MVP.Ē
What good would it do for me to point out that any chance Dirk Nowitzki had of repeating as MVP went out the window when the Mavs lost in the first round of the playoffs last season?
Last Week's Rank - 1
Who needs Pau Gasol? Bryant has been doing his best Tracy McGrady impersonation lately, leading his team to four wins in five games while the Lakers big man in the middle is sidelined because of injury. On Monday, he once again showed his toughness missing just a minute of play after suffering a cut that required stitches, under his left eye.
Last Week's Rank - 2
Thanks to Paul's nightly heroics, the Hornets have the top record in the wild, wild West for now. Last week he averaged 25.7 points, 10.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game en route to being chosen Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Last Week's Rank - 3
My fantasy basketball regular season just came to an end and James was the No. 1 player (followed by Superman, CP3 and KB24) using our scoring system, by a lot. Last week he passed Brad Daugherty as Cleveland's all-time leading scorer. It has taken James 381 games to score 10,443 points, while it took Daugherty 548 games to total 10,389.
Last Week's Rank - 5
With KG leading the way, the Celtics made the feared trip through the Texas Triangle seem like summer vacation. Garnett and Co. became the first team since the Kings in 2001 to sweep Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The highlight for Boston was ending the Rockets' 22-game winning streak.
Last Week's Rank - 6
McGrady's performance Monday night against the Kings may go a long way towards helping him quiet detractors who say he misses too much time because of injuries. Despite twisting his left ankle and spraining his left shoulder, he stayed in the game and helped Houston get the victory. Even better news for Rockets' fans, he expects to be in the lineup Wednesday against the Timberwolves.
Last Week's Rank - 4
When Dolph Schayes won the rebounding title in 1951, he was 22 years and 303 days old when the regular season ended. Howard, who currently leads Denver's Marcus Camby by 0.9 of a rebound per game for the league lead, will be 22 years and 131 days old when the season is over, making him the youngest rebounding champion ever.
Last Week's Rank - 7
I'm not saying that Pierce is more valuable than Garnett, I'm simply pointing out the stats. Boston is 6-1 without Ray Allen in the lineup and 7-2 without Garnett. Pierce hasn't missed a game all season.
Last Week's Rank - 8
If Williams can increase his scoring average by 0.6 points, while maintaining his current assists per game pace, he could join Paul as the first players in over 15 years to average at least 20 points and 10 dimes per game for a season.
Last Week's Rank - 9
Quietly, Nash has guided the Suns to seven wins in eight games, proving that the Shaq experiment may work afterall. Is this the season that Nash has his three-year streak of leading the league in assists per game broken? He currently leads Chris Paul by 0.1 per game.