Originally Posted by juju151111
He was in 08 and 10 to me.
2008 was close. He, Lebron, and CP3 were a wash.
2010 is Lebron by a mile, for me. I'm not sure how it's even an argument. Lebron played at an all time level and was comfortably ahead of anyone in the league in almost every advanced metric. He was the best offensive player in the league while being arguably the best perimeter defensive player that year.
You might want to knock off a few points for his collapse in the playoffs but if we were to do that, you'd have to do the same with Kobe, who wet the bed in the finals and especially in the most important game of the season.
2010 was Lebron for me. Ahead of Wade. Ahead of Kobe.
2007 Duncan/pre-injury Wade/Kobe/Dirk (playoff collapse hurt Dirk)
2009 Lebron (Wade was also great but Lebron was the best player in the league)
2011 Lebron/Dirk (finals really hurt Lebron)
I think that Kobe was only in the discussion for 3 years. You could make a case for any of the 3 years but I still think he has a relatively weak case, against Wade in 06, Duncan & Dirk in 2007, and Chris Paul in 2008.