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Rose sits confidently atop MVP rankings heading into the NBA’s stretch run

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MVP Race 2/28/2011 – 3/06/2011

Derrick Rose1. Derrick Rose 24.6 ppg, 8.1 apg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 spg – Hard to deny Rose’s numero uno positioning in the NBA MVP rankings this week.  After helping lead the Chicago Bulls to a 89-81 victory over fellow MVP candidate Dwight Howard’s unpredictable Orlando Magic, Rose capped off yet another strong week of play with a 27-point, 5-assist effort against the suddenly human Miami Heat Sunday afternoon.

In the process of confidently leading Chicago past some of the league’s best groups, Rose has successfully marshaled those less-heralded Bulls to the second best record in the East confidently surpassing the Heat with an impressive 43-18 record with a little more than a month remaining in the NBA regular season.

2. Dwight HowardDwight Howard 23.1 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 1.2 spg, 60% fg – If this MVP Race thingy was simply based on numbers Howard might have it in the bag already, however becoming MVP of the league requires certain leadership qualities Howard hasn’t quite figured out yet.  That lack of leadership couldn’t have been epitomized more than this past Friday night in a 89-81 loss to D-Rose and the Chicago Bulls where the big guy allowed the usual hack-a-Howard recipe to get in between his ears resulting in a costly technical foul.  His 16th T of the season mind you, which will keep Orlando’s franchise man in street clothes for their next contest against the Trail Blazers.

But yet and still Howard has managed to be the most dominating force in the game to this point in the season and a consistent dominant force at that.  Over the Magic last ten contests he’s averaging 26.8 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game on 69.6% shooting from the field.  Looks like the only one that can stop Howard is, unfortunately Howard himself.

3. LeBron JamesLeBron James 26.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 7.1 apg, 1.5 spg – King James is not having the best of weeks.  His Heat have dropped four straight tough games and his attempts at being the Heat vaunted late game closer have failed miserably.  It all started when Melo brought his Knicks into American Airlines Arena and bested James and the seemingly overconfident Heat, who allowed a 13-2 run in the closing minutes, to ultimately lose 91-86.  Attempting to save the Heat from defeat James layup attempt was blocked by Stoudemire with just seconds remaining, but that wasn’t the last of LBJ’s failed attempts at late-game heroics.

He dominated the Magic the very next Thursday to the tune of 24 first half points, however after intermission would only score 5 points as the Heat collapsed yet again in the second half.  The shock of a 24-point comeback to the hands of the Magic and another unsuccessful late missed shot for James lessened his status as top dog in our NBA MVP rankings this week.  We need not talk about the next two losses to the Spurs and Rose’s Bulls yet again – only solidifying his current number three status on our list.

However with all that being said I challenge you to find a more complete player offensively and defensively in our beloved NBA.  Closer…well, obviously, that’s another story entirely.

That is all folks.  Come on we all know it’s a three-man race people.

Don’t agree? That’s great.  Count the ways in the comments section below.  We live for a healthy debate.

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