NBA opening night: MVP front-runners

Yeah, I know that the first game of the NBA season hasn’t been played yet, but it’s never too early to get the MVP buzz started. Which player do you think will have a MVP season? Check out my picks.

Lebron James/ 2008-09 stats: 28.4ppg, 7.2apg, 7.6rpg– The reigning MVP wants more than individual hardware, but will need another superb season to lead the Cavs to a title. With Shaq anchoring the middle, expect Lebron to have more energy on the offensive end.

Projected 2009-10 stats: 30.4ppg, 7.8apg, 6.3rpg

Kobe Bryant/ 2008-09 stats: 26.8ppg, 4.9apg, 5.2rpg– The reigning NBA Finals MVP is back and expecting a repeat appearance in the finals. The Lakers have added more muscle with the acquisition of Ron Artest which keep Kobe from being matched up with bigger, stronger forwards, namely Carmelo Anthony. Kobe will again be a steady force on both ends of the court, but I expect his offensive output to increase slightly.

Projected 2009-10 stats: 29.2ppg, 5.4apg, 5.1rpg


Dwyane Wade/ 2008-09 stats: 30.2ppg, 7.5apg, 5.0rpg– Wade was a one man wrecking crew last year. He led the Heat to the playoffs and were their only consistent scorer all season. Wade will again have a career year, but expect some the Heat’s youngster to step up and contribute with more consistency.

Projected 2009-10 stats: 31.3ppg, 7.1apg, 4.6rpg

Chris Paul/ 2008-09 stats: 22.8ppg, 11.0apg, 5.5rpg– Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA and gets better with each passing season. The 24-year-old leader of the Hornets, can’t be guarded one-on-one, but can’t do it alone. He had a great season last year, but this season will be better due to his steadily improving jump shot and his increasing FT%.

Projected 2009-10 stats: 23.7ppg, 10.4apg, 5.2rpg

Tony Parker/ 2008-09 stats: 22.0ppg, 6.9apg, 3.1rpg– The Frenchman had a career year last season and will certainly pick up where he left off. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Richard Jefferson, if healthy, will be a big asset to the continued improve of Parker’s game. With his lightning quickness, Parker is a hard cover. His scoring output will remain at 20+ points per game.

Projected 2009-10 stats: 21.6ppg, 7.1apg, 4.2apg


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  1. Anonymous says:

    so tired of Kobe

  2. Agreed. D Ho has a chance this year.

  3. You cant forget Dwight Howard, and get CP3 off the list and add Carmello

  4. Carmelo doesn't do enough to be MVP. CP3 makes everyone better

  5. Los Brown says:

    Carmelo won't be a MVP candidate until Kobe retires, and CP3 can honestly win this award every year. The Hornets would win 30 games without him.

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