Originally Posted by riseagainst
how about 2011? Rose won even though Lebron was clearly better than him. And there was only a difference of 4 games won/lost between the Bulls and Heat.
Because historically part of the criteria for winning MVP is preseason expectations.
Nobody had the Bulls winning over 60 and Rose made the leap as a player. So the narrative became...Rose leading a team with much less talent than the Heat to a better record.
Based on the history of the award, it fit...but at the same time, it was also clear that Lebron was a much better player.
This year, the Thunder and Durant aren't doing enough to trump the simple fact that everyone pretty much agrees Lebron is the best player in the game. So if Lebron is definitely the best, his team is performing better, and his team is on a historic win streak after Lebron set records for his 60% shooting etc...
I just don't see how Durant is MVP.