How Darnell Mayberry voted
→1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Absolutely dominant this season. And he’s done it with injuries to nearly every major complementary player that surrounds him.
→2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
The youngest player ever to win the scoring title. But, more importantly, he’s captained his team’s turnaround.
→3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
He’s played injured, and he’s played peacemaker. But above all, he’s performed in the clutch, proving he’s still the best when it comes to winning time.
→4. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
His presence makes everyone on his team better on both ends of the floor. He just isn’t likely to ever get his due as long as James and Durant are around.
→5. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Could he be the most unappreciated future Hall of Famer ever?
How Mike Baldwin voted
→1. LeBron James; 2. Kevin Durant; 3. Kobe Bryant; 4. Dwight Howard; 5. Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
LeBron will be the favorite every year in the near future. Durant edges Bryant because of the Thunder’s dramatic improvement. Kobe remains the ultimate closer, but the Lakers’ final win-loss record was about what everyone expected.