Jan. 9, 2008 -- With over a third of the NBA season complete, I thought now would be the perfect time for the Second Annual Race to the MVP My Bads ... If you have ever read my column, you know I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong.
So without further ado...
My bad, Chris Paul … At the beginning of the season, I said that I would rather have Utah's Deron Williams running my club instead of you. What was I thinking?
My bad, Dwight Howard … I thought the Magic were nuts for selecting you over Emeka Okafor with the first pick of the 2004 Draft. Sure, Okafor, who was selected second by the Bobcats, went on to win the Rookie of the Year, but you are clearly the better player at this stage of your careers. With the way you are playing right now, you are a bonafide MVP candidate. You are on pace to become the second player ever to average 20 points, 15 rebounds and shoot 60 percent from the field for an entire season.
My bad, Trail Blazers … You guys are the youngest team in the league, traded away your best player (Zach Randolph) in the offseason and had your franchise player (Greg Oden) get hurt before the season started. I didn't think you would win 21 games all season, let alone 21 of your first 34 games.
My bad, Yi Jianlian … In July I spent two weeks in Las Vegas covering the Summer League and I came back to the East Coast telling everybody who would listen that you couldn't play a lick. You are averaging 10 points, six rebounds and an assist a game and if it wasn't for Seattle's Kevin Durant, you'd have a legitimate chance to be named Rookie of the Year.
My bad, Jose Calderon … I've pretty much ignored you all season even though you have been one of the top playmakers in the league this season. Since T.J. Ford got injured, you have been running the show in Toronto by yourself, averaging 11.5 points and 8.2 assists. You already have 10 double-doubles this season, equaling the amount you posted the past two seasons combined.
Do you want to apologize about a wrong basketball prediction you made this season? Send me your "My bads" or talk about mine in the R2MVP open forum.
Biggest drop of the week: Stephen Jackson, Warriors (-3). Biggest rise of the week: Chauncey Billups, Pistons (+3).
Last Week's Rank - 1
Some talking heads have said that KG won't win the MVP because he will be splitting votes with teammate Paul Pierce, who is also having an exceptional season. In the NFL, the Patriots' Randy Moss enjoyed a record-breaking season, but did that stop Tom Brady from being named the league's best player? Nope.
Last Week's Rank - 3
I had a hard time deciding on who should occupy the No. 2 spot this week - KB24 or CP3? In a must-see matchup, the best shooting guard in the Association and the best point guard in the Association take the floor tonight at 8 ET in New Orleans.
Last Week's Rank - 4
In a conference full of dominant household names, Paul was chosen as the top player in the West for the month of December. While he may not hand out as many assists as Phoenix's Steve Nash or rebound like New Jersey's Jason Kidd, he does get more steals and points, while committing fewer turnovers than both of them.
Last Week's Rank - 2
Man, it seems like the Magic haven't won a game all year (they are 0-3 in 2008). Howard followed up one of his worst games of the season (16 points, eight boards in a loss to the Rockets), by exploding for 29 points and 15 rebounds Monday against the Kings.
Last Week's Rank - 6
With Ray Allen considered day-to-day because of a pinched nerve in his neck, you can expect an increase in production from Pierce, who has been used to stepping up and doing whatever is necessary during his 10 seasons in Boston.
Last Week's Rank - 8
I was a little surprised by the amount of e-mails I received last week saying that James didn't belong in the top 10 because the Cavaliers were a below .500 team. After LBJ led Cleveland to four straight victories, I no longer have to worry about addressing that issue.
Last Week's Rank - 7
As a Sixers fan, I thought Iverson was going to hang 50 on us when we went to Denver last week. Luckily, we were able to shut him down ... he finished with only 38 points, eight assists and a win.
Last Week's Rank - 9
The casual fan loves Davis for his highlight reel dunks and passes, but hoop fantatics (you know, the ones that stay up past 1 a.m. ET to watch the Warriors on League Pass), love him for the not-so-easy-to-notice things he does on a nightly basis. In a win over the Spurs last week, he was responsible for 28 points (made basket or assist) in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime.
I don't collect vintage coins or rare baseball cards, but I do have a hobby that I wish I could break before it sends me deeper into the poor house. In the basement of my house, you will find my Air Jordan sneaker collection. Counting retros, I have 41 pairs of Jordans lined up against a wall next to my washer and dryer. While searching the Web today, I see that the Air Jordan XX3's are going to cost me between $185 and $230 - depending on when I get them. Is it too late to start a stamp collection?