We come to that time of the year again, when the NBA brass votes upon its greatest regular season award with a short list of:
We are pulled in many directions, but not just because of our fandom or affinity to a certain team/player, but because at a core level—what is an MVP? The acronym stands for Most Valuable Player, so you would think there would be a basic metric that tracks a player’s impact upon their team’s performance, making voting irrelevant.
This isn’t the case though, as it seem to have grown into this hydra of ideologies including:
Most Valuable to the Team
Most Wins on their Team
People could make a strong argument that if it was simply the best player or most impactful, that LeBron James should be a 10-11 times winner considering his impact on and off the court.
Some would argue wins are why you play, so a player like Leonard should take it.
Others would argue for stats, and look at Harden’s accomplishments or Westbrook’s triple double season.
Sadly, ideas such as voter fatigue (this has doomed LeBron), watch-ability and eye popping numbers (giving Russ an edge), impact the voting making it almost as irrelevant as, dare I say, the NBA All-Star Game.
…What if we set the criteria?
MVP = Most Valuable Player to their team. Must be a playoff team. Make it purely statistical to appease the stat geeks.
POY = Best Player of the Year. Voted by All-Stars, coaches, and top writers.
Separating M.V.P and P.O.Y. would allow the voting to be clear as well as paying service to the stats/analytics side of the game.
What do you guys think of my system?