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CENTER: Shaquille O’Neal [Heat]
He is the best center in the NBA. You could probably add up all of the other centers and they still wouldn’t equal one Shaq. And this is his worst season statistically. Yet he slimmed down and is deferring to Wade to benefit the team. Wait…he couldn’t do that with….oh never mind. The next guy….Ben Wallace.
FORWARDS: Grant Hill [Magic] and Emeka Okafor [Bobcats]
You say ‘what‘?? Yep…that’s my picks. Just look at the ballot and you’ll understand. Grant Hill is having an amazing comeback season…amazing enough that I’d vote for a Dookie and not a Carolina guy [Vince]. I picked Emeka Okafor because I don’t believe in Vince, Jermaine O’Neal has missed most of the season and there is no one else I feel comfortable voting for. Okafor is the leader for ROY and is playing his best ball for the expansion Bobcats. He is 3rd in boards…behind the two guys I picked for the West forwards…and he‘s the top dog in offensive boards. He’s had a double-double in each of his last 12 games. The next guy….Richard Jefferson.
GUARDS: Dwayne Wade [Heat] and LeBron James [Cavaliers]
Wade is 5th in the East in assists….LeBron James is 8th in the East. Both are having excellent sophomore seasons and both are legit MVP candidates. The next guy….Allen Iverson.
CENTER: Yao Ming [Rockets]
I looked for every reason not to pick Yao….but I couldn’t find one. Sure, Yao is soft and is inconsistent. But he’s the only Western center that could put up 30 points on you in a given night. I can’t see anyone else doing that. The next guy…Brad Miller.
FORWARDS: Kevin Garnett [Wolves] and Tim Duncan [Spurs]
Exact opposite of the East. You could select Dirk Nowitzki or Amare Stoudamire and you’d get no argument from me. But these two guys bring everything to the table. Defense, offense, rebounding and nice passers. They also win. And despite the great seasons by others, these guys are still doing their thing. The next guy….Dirk Nowitzki.
GUARDS: Kobe Bryant [Lakers] and Steve Nash [Suns]
Steve Nash leads the NBA in assists. Kobe is 2nd among Western players in assists….not to mention 2nd in the NBA in points per game. Nash is averaging 15.7 ppg and is the leader of a team that holds the top record in the NBA. Kobe is struggling to find a way to lift his team up.…but he’d doing fine with his game. The next guy….Ray Allen.