As the NBA season enters its final full week, writers across the country will begin to fill out their award ballots. This morning, CBS’ Matt Moore was trying to figure out his MVP top five. Moore has LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but after that it’s chaos.
Trying to decide on the other three in the top five of MVP behind LeBron & KD is just brutal. CP3, Melo, Parker, Duncan, Kobe, all SO worthy— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 8, 2013
Here, Jesse Blanchard and I debate the merits of Duncan and Parker as the Spurs' MVP. Here's me on Duncan:
Two months ago, Duncan wasn’t even in the discussion about being the Spurs MVP much less a top league MVP contender in part because Tony Parker was on an absolute tear. Now? It’s so close I don’t think there’s a wrong answer. March was Duncan’s best statistical month of the season as he averaged close to 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks a game while shooting 54 percent from the field. A lot of that damage was done when Parker went down with his sprained ankle. Meanwhile, Parker’s best month was February, when he averaged 26 points, eight assists and four rebounds a game. Again, a large chunk of that production came when Duncan missed time with a knee injury. Duncan and Parker have both been so important to the Spurs, stepping up when each had been struggling or injured.no comments