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phlp_bj
12-06-2008, 04:45 PM
#1) Devin Harris - New Jersey Nets (10-8) - 24.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals

Harris has been a promising young player for the past couple of seasons. This season he looks like he may have finally arrived. And while he'll never admit it publicly, somewhere Mark Cuban is quietly regretting trading Harris away last season. Harris has taken amazing strides forward this season averaging over nine points more per-game than he did a season ago and over 14 points more than his career scoring average. Typically the MIP is awarded to a guy who did virtually nothing the season before. However, one could argue it's much harder to go from being a pretty good player with a lot of potential to being a great player than it is to go from being a nobody on the end of the bench to someone who is putting up decent numbers. Harris has already exceeded 30 points six times this season including his 47-point outburst on November 30th against the Phoenix Suns. The way Harris and the Nets are playing now, I would be surprised if New Jersey doesn't make the postseason come April.

#2) Spencer Hawes - Sacramento Kings (5-15) - 12.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.7 assists

Last season Hawes averaged 4.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per-game. This season his numbers are up substantially across the board. He's also extended his range and is shooting 16-39 from beyond the arc. Last season he was 4-21 in the 71 games he played from three-point range. This is certainly an interesting weapon he's added to his game, which could make him all the more dangerous as he continues to evolve. Remember, the kid is just 20 years old, too. The amount of improvement Hawes has demonstrated in just one year's time is pretty remarkable.

#3) Thaddeus Young - Philadelphia 76ers (9-11) - 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals

In a season where the Philadelphia 76ers have severely underachieved, Young has been perhaps the lone bright spot. His scoring average is up almost six points from last season, and he's averaging nearly one more rebound per-game. This season Young has started every game and has the look of a guy who is only going to continue to get better. The Sixers, who drafted Young with the 12th overall pick, might end up making a number of teams who passed on Young in the 2007 NBA Draft regret their decision.

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=10842

Hawkeye15
12-06-2008, 04:56 PM
It is Harris in a runaway currently

DerekRE_3
12-06-2008, 04:59 PM
True, but it's nice to see my boy Spencer Hawes get mentioned. Also...John Salmons should be in the debate. Averaged 12 ppg last year and is putting up 20 ppg this year on 50% shooting. His minutes haven't really changed since last year either.

Hawkeye15
12-06-2008, 05:00 PM
True, but it's nice to see my boy Spencer Hawes get mentioned. Also...John Salmons should be in the debate. Averaged 12 ppg last year and is putting up 20 ppg this year on 50% shooting. His minutes haven't really changed since last year either.

I am not saying there are not many worthy candidates, but Harris went from an average point guard, to maybe the best point in the east. He is head and shoulders above everyone else at this time.

DamnGoat
12-06-2008, 05:14 PM
If it's not Devin Harris then what's the point of giving out the award?

Obviously a loooooooooong season ahead of us, but if Harris keeps up his current pace (and I think he will) then he should win this easily.

_Sn1P3r_
12-06-2008, 05:27 PM
Right now, Harris wins it hands down.

rosesbulls
12-06-2008, 05:28 PM
not even a competition imo it is Harris

cmellofan15
12-06-2008, 05:59 PM
It's definitely Harris, he went from average level to MVP candidate. That's a HUGE improvement.

sacgiants1213
12-06-2008, 06:04 PM
glad to see hawes getting some credit, although i agree that harris is def the favorite thus far.

DerekRE_3
12-06-2008, 06:08 PM
I am not saying there are not many worthy candidates, but Harris went from an average point guard, to maybe the best point in the east. He is head and shoulders above everyone else at this time.

I know I just agreed with you...he's the most improved so far.

The Answer3
12-06-2008, 06:09 PM
he went from average level to MVP candidate.

No.

I do agree he's the MIP hands down.

$KnicksAndKobe$
12-06-2008, 06:12 PM
Chris Duhon?

SeoulBeatz
12-06-2008, 06:14 PM
I love Thaddeus Young, the kid is sick,

but the award has to go to Harris now, he probably my favorite non-sixer.

29$JerZ
12-06-2008, 06:15 PM
Chris Duhon?

I was thinking that too, but Devin putting up better scoring numbers and that usually tend to win the award.

24+ ppg > 8 assist unfortunately.

MooseWithFleas
12-06-2008, 06:15 PM
Barring an injury, Harris in a runaway. Young looked great at the beginning of the year, but is starting to come back to earth. He has still made vast improvements and looks good, but nothing compared to how Devin has elevated his game

KB24PG16
12-06-2008, 06:40 PM
harris by far

JJ81
12-06-2008, 07:52 PM
Trevor Ariza.