Every year there are countless debates concerning the meaning of the word ‘valuable’ in Most Valuable Player. Let me explain what I think it means and how to correct this problem once and for all.
I believe that the intention of the Regular Season’s Most Valuable Player award is to recognize a player for their accomplishments over a period of time (ie that regular season), thus the reason that it is awarded annually. It is intended to be based on yearly accomplishments rather than an assessment of overall quality, or overall value, along the timeline. We also have a Finals MVP which serves a similar purpose for the NBA Finals; we do not look at the regular season or previous Finals performances when determining that award. However, that is what creates the confusion – the word value – it is being applied to a criteria that implies something other than it’s intended meaning.
So this year there was no doubt that Stephen Curry was the league’s MVP during this regular season.
However… there can also be no doubt, at least to this observer, that LeBron James is the BEST. PLAYER. ON EARTH.
So how do we solve this conundrum? It is actually quite easy. We have two awards with set criteria that properly align the verbiage (value) with the criteria.
A new award – The Michael Jordan Trophy perhaps? – would be awarded to the NBA’s MVP. It would be re-defined as the best player in the game (team criteria should not be used). It would be determined by a vote by ONLY the players and coaches (The Head Coach and three assistants per team).
The Maurice Podoloff Trophy would be awarded to the Player of the Year (PotY). It would be defined as the best regular season performance by a player during the course of that given season and that team performance could be a weighted part of that criteria.
So this year’s MVP would have been LeBron and the year’s PotY would have been Curry.
So c’mon people please stop the madness. Stephen Curry is awesome, I love watching him play. But he is just not a better overall player than LeBron or Durant. And don’t give me the “we have too many awards already” crap; we do not have any awards that the players vote on, so that means we do not have enough.
Mr. Silver. This makes sense. Make this happen.