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JayW_1023
11-16-2009, 05:31 PM
That's the name I would vote for if the MVP was voted today....of course it's REALLY premature now. But Miami looks alot better than I though and D-Wade is prolly the reason why. A few weeks back before the season started I admittedly, was really counting Miami out of the playoff race...thinking JO was done and their lack of depth would make them less potent. But I was wrong...their role players look much improved. It's as good a early season story as anything...since I was by far not the only one counting Miami out.

And if I haven't said it before I'll say it now: Dwyane Wade is JUST as good as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Litchris12
11-16-2009, 05:53 PM
I know d Wade has been a complete monster right out the batch

Iggz53
11-16-2009, 06:07 PM
I think Wade is the best player in the NBA right now actually. Since the start of last year, I can't think of a player who has been better.

zo#33
11-16-2009, 06:07 PM
I haven't really liked his play this year. He settles for way to many long contested fadeaway jumpshots, when he can just drive to the basket.

I think that Miamis great play this season has been a team effort. They have been sharing the ball on offense and played solid team defense. Richardson, Arroyo and JO have all played great, and Haslem is big off the bench avg almost a double double.

But it do helps to have Wade in the final minutes of the game =)

*Superman*
11-16-2009, 06:10 PM
I haven't really liked his play this year. He settles for way to many long contested fadeaway jumpshots, when he can just drive to the basket.

I think that Miamis great play this season has been a team effort. They have been sharing the ball on offense and played solid team defense. Richardson, Arroyo and JO have all played great, and Haslem is big off the bench avg almost a double double.

But it do helps to have Wade in the final minutes of the game =)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G92QsfSStUw

what54!?
11-16-2009, 06:15 PM
If the heat could get more consistent scoring from J.O., beasley, and cook and everyone else the heat could be dangerous (by that not go all the way to ECF, just suprise people like the bulls did last year) and continue to play great team defense wade may be a real frontrunner for MVP. But its still early in the season gotta keep it up the whole year

HuRRiCaNeS324
11-16-2009, 06:25 PM
I haven't really liked his play this year. He settles for way to many long contested fadeaway jumpshots, when he can just drive to the basket.

I think that Miamis great play this season has been a team effort. They have been sharing the ball on offense and played solid team defense. Richardson, Arroyo and JO have all played great, and Haslem is big off the bench avg almost a double double.

But it do helps to have Wade in the final minutes of the game =)

I think he's going to start taking more jumpshots so he can last longer in this league. He takes way too much punishment when he drives it in. Everyone knows he can drive it in, but i think he's going to have a more balanced game now.

Chronz
11-16-2009, 06:40 PM
Wades defense has really stood out more than anything

DerekRE_3
11-16-2009, 06:44 PM
Wades defense has really stood out more than anything

Which is amazing considering how much effort he has to put out on the offensive end.

Chronz
11-16-2009, 07:04 PM
Hes eased up on the throttle offensively this year, for his sake I hope he doesnt have to carry the team like last year ever again.

Cubs Win
11-16-2009, 07:14 PM
Ehhh Wade's decent.

At the beginning of the year I thought LeBron should have a fairly easy road to the MVP assuming he just continued doing what he does, but Wade is gonna make this real interesting. I still think LeBron will get the MVP come season's end with Wade being a very close second. Who knows though, it's quite possible for Wade to surpass LeBron in the MVP voting if he keeps playing like he has been.

MJ-BULLS
11-16-2009, 07:22 PM
d wade has centrality been playing real well in a high level, but he has gotten good help from his supporting cast like JO and Beasley

Vinny642
11-16-2009, 07:29 PM
Wade is probably playing the best but Nash and Carmelo still are in the MVP discussion too

MiamiHeat
11-16-2009, 07:36 PM
WADE is a beast

:D

dwadefan03
11-16-2009, 07:38 PM
Ehhh Wade's decent.

At the beginning of the year I thought LeBron should have a fairly easy road to the MVP assuming he just continued doing what he does, but Wade is gonna make this real interesting. I still think LeBron will get the MVP come season's end with Wade being a very close second. Who knows though, it's quite possible for Wade to surpass LeBron in the MVP voting if he keeps playing like he has been.

no matter how well wade plays he wont win mvp this year. i think the league proved that last year. he had a better year than both kobe AND lebron but yet kobe AND lebron still finished ahead of him in MVP votes. it all depends on how well the team does and i dont think the heat are going to get as far as the cavs or the lakers

GoatMilk
11-16-2009, 07:43 PM
teams who stay the same as the previous year to start the season, always have an advantage.
this shouldnt surprise everyone that the heat have a nice record. they'll fall back to normal soon and his MVP stock, like last year, will fall

Jonathan2323
11-16-2009, 07:45 PM
Nobody has been playing better than Wade since the beginning of last year.

Ethix11
11-16-2009, 08:08 PM
Wade can keep this up all year. Basketball comes easy to him and he hasent been playing full throttle so as to engage his team more. But the question is, can his team keep playing well enough to obtain a 4th seed so as to keep Wade in MVP consideration? Will a 4th seed be enough? At some point hes going to step on the gas consistantly and i can only hope Beasley breaks out any day now.

nbafan63
11-16-2009, 08:38 PM
Wade can keep this up all year. Basketball comes easy to him and he hasent been playing full throttle so as to engage his team more. But the question is, can his team keep playing well enough to obtain a 4th seed so as to keep Wade in MVP consideration? Will a 4th seed be enough? At some point hes going to step on the gas consistantly and i can only hope Beasley breaks out any day now.


What worries me is his asst has dropped. He is a career 7.5 asst guy and this season he is at 5 asst.

wadecounty305
11-16-2009, 08:40 PM
wade is just the best player in the league right now. period

Toenail Clipper
11-20-2009, 03:20 PM
1. Steve Nash, Suns (10-3) - For the third consecutive week, The Race has a new frontrunner. While Kobe Bryant, last week's No. 1, lost consecutive games to Houston and Denver, Nash led his team on a trifecta of success, allowing the Suns to garner the second-best record in the NBA. Nash had 16 assists against Houston, bolstering his league-leading 11.8 figure, and 23 points against Toronto. Even in a loss to New Orleans Thursday night, Nash had a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists.

2. Kobe Bryant, Lakers (9-3) - The Race found it rather humorous when Kobe was asked about his reaction to losing to Houston and he deadpanned, "Mortified." Who knew he had such a dry sense of humor? He probably feels the same mortification about slipping in these rankings. But what's The Race to do when Kobe goes only 5-for-20 from the field and scores just 18 in the loss to Trevor Ariza's new team? Having said that, he also became only the third player in NBA history to have triple-digit 40-point games in his career, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan. And speaking of Kareem, Kobe passed him as the Lakers' No. 2 all-time scorer with 24,182 career points.

3. Joe Johnson, Hawks (10-2) - The good and the bad thing about The Race's early rankings are that players can jump in and out and up and down with alarming frequency and volatility. Such is the case for Johnson, who struggled two weeks ago but came roaring back with stellar play and six consecutive victories that have everybody taking notice of what's happening in the A-T-L. In the week that the Hawks secured the best record in the league, Johnson averaged 28.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

4. Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets (8-3) - He brazenly said that no one defender can stop him, and sort of insinuated that no two defenders can stop him. The Toronto Raptors certainly couldn't. In a showdown with Chris Bosh - who has been evicted from the rankings after three consecutive losses - Carmelo hit 12 of 15 shots and scored 32 points. Please let's hope Nuggets coach George Karl is joking when he says he'd consider bringing back Allen Iverson.

5. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks (9-3) - Let's see, he hits the buzzer-beater against Milwaukee in overtime, then has a tip-in near the end of regulation against San Antonio that sends the game into overtime, then scores 11 points in overtime and a season-high 41 to avenge the loss to the Spurs a week earlier. He's at the top of his game right now. He says he sat around for four months this summer to rest his body; it looks like that's worked.

6. LeBron James, Cavaliers (8-4) - A trusted confidante of The Race this week commented: "I just don't like that team. You've got Shaq in the middle. You've got Delonte West's issues. And LeBron just doesn't look comfortable to me." Granted, it would be rather nice to be "uncomfortable" and still average roughly 28 points, eight assists and six rebounds a game. But LeBron's barrage of poor play in the second half against Washington attests to the confidante's observation: Something seems a bit amiss in Cleveland. Having said that, being able to dunk left-handed like that is rather mesmerizing.

7. Dwyane Wade, Heat (7-4) - It's a difficult call with this Wade character. The Miami Heat have lost two of their past three games - including at home to Oklahoma City - and should have lost three in a row except for Wade's 3-pointer at the buzzer that kept New Jersey winless. Isn't that what an MVP does and is supposed to do? On the other hand, is there any way a Wade-led team should even be within two seconds of losing to the Nets? Plus, the Heat got thumped by Joe Johnson and Atlanta, a game in which Wade missed 12 of his 18 shots.

8. Paul Pierce, Celtics (9-3) - Pierce is admittedly the most confounding of players to rank because his numbers are never eye-popping, yet his team has one of the best records in the league. He averages only 18.4 points and 4.8 rebounds, yet he commands the most attention on the 9-3 Celtics. Having said that, Boston also lost twice last week, including a game to Indiana when Pierce scored only 15 points on 4 of 10 shooting.

9. Brandon Roy, Blazers (9-4) - No other player among The Race's Top 10 has been as topsy turvy as Roy. He scored 42 against Houston this year, but also had just two points in a win over Minnesota. How does a team's best player score just two points in 26 minutes in a blowout victory? Yet, his team recently went on a six-game win streak and he is the focal point of most defenses. He has a well-rounded game of 20.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Plus, he has the endorsement of Paul Allen, not an easy thing to get.

10. Brandon Jennings, Bucks (6-3) - Who knows how long Jennings will be included among The Race's mainstays? But The Race voted for Kobe for MVP the year he scored 81, so some similar recognition must be devoted to Jennings' 55, which included 29 in a quarter. Can you say Sleepy Floyd? Incredibly, Jennings is 12th in the league in scoring, plus dishes five assists a game. We'll jump on the bandwagon for now but are careful not to go too crazy.

Source: http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/11/20/racetomvp.week3/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

ko8e24
11-20-2009, 05:26 PM
ok, sounds good

AK-50
11-20-2009, 05:29 PM
something tells me Jennings is going to get hurt soon.......

Bashna
11-20-2009, 05:31 PM
nash should be #2(This is coming from a Phx fan) after the loss to NO without chris paul. JJ should be #1 considering the hawks record, and kobe 3rd, aside from that i like the list.

Silent
11-20-2009, 06:23 PM
1. Steve Nash, Suns (10-3) - For the third consecutive week, The Race has a new frontrunner. While Kobe Bryant, last week's No. 1, lost consecutive games to Houston and Denver, Nash led his team on a trifecta of success, allowing the Suns to garner the second-best record in the NBA. Nash had 16 assists against Houston, bolstering his league-leading 11.8 figure, and 23 points against Toronto. Even in a loss to New Orleans Thursday night, Nash had a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists.

2. Kobe Bryant, Lakers (9-1) - The Race found it rather humorous when Kobe was asked about his reaction to losing to Houston and he deadpanned, "Mortified." Who knew he had such a dry sense of humor? He probably feels the same mortification about slipping in these rankings. But what's The Race to do when Kobe goes only 5-for-20 from the field and scores just 18 in the loss to Trevor Ariza's new team? Having said that, he also became only the third player in NBA history to have triple-digit 40-point games in his career, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan. And speaking of Kareem, Kobe passed him as the Lakers' No. 2 all-time scorer with 24,182 career points.

3. Joe Johnson, Hawks (10-2) - The good and the bad thing about The Race's early rankings are that players can jump in and out and up and down with alarming frequency and volatility. Such is the case for Johnson, who struggled two weeks ago but came roaring back with stellar play and six consecutive victories that have everybody taking notice of what's happening in the A-T-L. In the week that the Hawks secured the best record in the league, Johnson averaged 28.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

4. Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets (8-3) - He brazenly said that no one defender can stop him, and sort of insinuated that no two defenders can stop him. The Toronto Raptors certainly couldn't. In a showdown with Chris Bosh - who has been evicted from the rankings after three consecutive losses - Carmelo hit 12 of 15 shots and scored 32 points. Please let's hope Nuggets coach George Karl is joking when he says he'd consider bringing back Allen Iverson.

5. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks (9-3) - Let's see, he hits the buzzer-beater against Milwaukee in overtime, then has a tip-in near the end of regulation against San Antonio that sends the game into overtime, then scores 11 points in overtime and a season-high 41 to avenge the loss to the Spurs a week earlier. He's at the top of his game right now. He says he sat around for four months this summer to rest his body; it looks like that's worked.

6. LeBron James, Cavaliers (8-4) - A trusted confidante of The Race this week commented: "I just don't like that team. You've got Shaq in the middle. You've got Delonte West's issues. And LeBron just doesn't look comfortable to me." Granted, it would be rather nice to be "uncomfortable" and still average roughly 28 points, eight assists and six rebounds a game. But LeBron's barrage of poor play in the second half against Washington attests to the confidante's observation: Something seems a bit amiss in Cleveland. Having said that, being able to dunk left-handed like that is rather mesmerizing.

7. Dwyane Wade, Heat (7-4) - It's a difficult call with this Wade character. The Miami Heat have lost two of their past three games - including at home to Oklahoma City - and should have lost three in a row except for Wade's 3-pointer at the buzzer that kept New Jersey winless. Isn't that what an MVP does and is supposed to do? On the other hand, is there any way a Wade-led team should even be within two seconds of losing to the Nets? Plus, the Heat got thumped by Joe Johnson and Atlanta, a game in which Wade missed 12 of his 18 shots.

8. Paul Pierce, Celtics (9-3) - Pierce is admittedly the most confounding of players to rank because his numbers are never eye-popping, yet his team has one of the best records in the league. He averages only 18.4 points and 4.8 rebounds, yet he commands the most attention on the 9-3 Celtics. Having said that, Boston also lost twice last week, including a game to Indiana when Pierce scored only 15 points on 4 of 10 shooting.

9. Brandon Roy, Blazers (9-4) - No other player among The Race's Top 10 has been as topsy turvy as Roy. He scored 42 against Houston this year, but also had just two points in a win over Minnesota. How does a team's best player score just two points in 26 minutes in a blowout victory? Yet, his team recently went on a six-game win streak and he is the focal point of most defenses. He has a well-rounded game of 20.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Plus, he has the endorsement of Paul Allen, not an easy thing to get.

10. Brandon Jennings, Bucks (6-3) - Who knows how long Jennings will be included among The Race's mainstays? But The Race voted for Kobe for MVP the year he scored 81, so some similar recognition must be devoted to Jennings' 55, which included 29 in a quarter. Can you say Sleepy Floyd? Incredibly, Jennings is 12th in the league in scoring, plus dishes five assists a game. We'll jump on the bandwagon for now but are careful not to go too crazy.

Source: http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/11/20/racetomvp.week3/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1


lakers are 9-3 not 9-1

sofargone
11-20-2009, 06:28 PM
too much emphasis is put on record. chris bosh cant even make top 10? im calling ********

Toenail Clipper
11-20-2009, 07:54 PM
something tells me Jennings is going to get hurt soon.......

No he's not, hope not.

J_M_B
11-20-2009, 08:25 PM
solid rankings

FlakeyFool
11-21-2009, 01:31 AM
chris bosh should be on this list.

VCaintdead17
11-21-2009, 01:42 AM
If the Raptors had a winning record, I could easily see Bosh on there.

I think JJ should be number 1. He is averaging great numbers right now and has really led his to the top of the East.

theimortalone
11-21-2009, 02:00 AM
Nice rankings.

Raph12
11-21-2009, 02:03 AM
Too early for this to mean anything soooo...

asmarks18
11-21-2009, 02:11 AM
Dirk should be before Melo. Other than that It's solid.

Top5DOA
11-21-2009, 06:58 AM
Is this thread serious? Have yall watched Wade this season? Dude has been playing kinda bad.

he's shooting a blistering .430 FG%

LMFAO @ "Nobody has been playing better than Wade since the beginning of last year."



wade is just the best player in the league right now. period


He's been god awful this year and many Miami/Wade fans agree. Here goes his game log

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/gamelog?playerId=1987

JayW_1023
11-21-2009, 07:40 AM
Dirk has been sick thus far.

Raph12
11-21-2009, 01:29 PM
Wade has been beastly as of yet, but I think I like him more on the defensive end of the court right now.

sofargone
11-21-2009, 01:30 PM
i still say carmelo wade is maybe top three for me.

Pornstar86
11-21-2009, 06:08 PM
Is this thread serious? Have yall watched Wade this season? Dude has been playing kinda bad.

he's shooting a blistering .430 FG%

LMFAO @ "Nobody has been playing better than Wade since the beginning of last year."





He's been god awful this year and many Miami/Wade fans agree. Here goes his game log

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/gamelog?playerId=1987

yes i agree, he has been playing horribly due to his shooting slump he is in...but his numbers are still top tier...so what happens when he breaks out of the slump?? he is notorious for starting off slow and adjusting/adapting to teams..he will end up with the same numbers as last year..which were MVP like, now he just needs 5-10 more wins