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Kobe, MVPWhich is it? Of course, those that vote for the NBA’s MVP award made Kobe their winner and justifiably so. He had a another great season and his team performed much better than expected. Of course, a lot of that had to do with Gasol theft, but nevertheless, the best player on the best team in the West received the award.

All’s right with the NBA world, right? Maybe, maybe not.

The voting breaks down like this: Kobe obviously first with 82 first-place votes and 1105 points, Chris Paul was second with 28 first-place votes and 889 points. Rounding out the four is KG and LeBron. Surprisingly, LeBron only had ONE first place vote, a fact that’s pretty amazing when you actually look at the supporting rosters of all the players involved with the 2007-08 MVP award.

While a lot of people are arguing for Chris Paul over Kobe, at least Paul has a couple of All-Star-level supporting members (West, Chandler, Peja). As for LeBron, well, there’s always Big Z (a two-time All-Star in his own right).

If you take Kobe away from LA, they may not make the playoffs in the West, but they still have Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol. You can win games if these two players are apart of your front line and they have a Derek Fisher making entry passes and hitting open shots. Add a healthy Andrew Bynum and the Lakers — without Kobe — are still halfway decent.

At least as an Eastern Conference team.

The same can be said for New Orleans. While there’s no denying the value of CP-3 to the Hornets and the city of New Orleans in general, there are some legitimate NBA-talented players on his squad, some of whom I’ve already mentioned. When you can put players like Tyson Chandler, David West, Peja Stojakovic, Bonzi Wells, Julian Wright, Morris Peterson and Jannero Pargo on the floor, your team isn’t exactly talent-starved.

However, if you take LeBron away from Cleveland, I’m not sure they’ll win 10 games.

All season.

That certainly deserves more than one vote when it comes to MVP consideration, doesn’t it? How about Garnett? While he has a decent-to-strong supporting cast, last night kind of proved his importance to the C’s, didn’t it?

So, what, exactly is the MVP award rewarding? The best player in the league or the player Most Valuable (you know, the “M” and the “V” of MVP) to their respective team?

Apparently, this year, it went to the best player in the league.