Sheridan Hoops MVP Rankings After Week Six

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1TIM DUNCAN, F-C, SAN ANTONIO: As referenced above, no penalty points here. This guy is the anti-Pacquiao — he gets better with age. And he’ll never make it as a politician. Scoring (18.1 vs. 15.4), rebounding (9.8 vs. 9.0), field-goal percent (.531 vs. 492), free-throw percentage (.776 vs. 695) and minutes (30.3 vs 28.2) are all up from last season. Yes, Tony Parker has been equally important to the Spurs’ success. But you expect TP to be the Spurs’ No. 1 player. He has been for 2-3 years. You don’t expect TD to be this resurgent.1
2KEVIN DURANT, F, OKLAHOMA CITY: No penalty points here. Hard to find fault with a team that has won seven in a row. I am rearranging my calendar through the end of April to catch every Spurs-Thunder, Thunder-Grizzlies and Spurs-Grizzlies game yet to be played. I am sick of the Lakers. They make for a great story, but I watch these guys for great basketball. Durant, BTW, is no longer chasing 50-40-90. He’s there right now (FG, 3-pt and FT percentages).3
3CARMELO ANTHONY, F, NEW YORK: Hard to give penalty points to a guy with a gash in his finger who sat out two straight games, and he moves up as the beneficiary of the penalty points being docked against LBJ. Since this is being posted Sunday afternoon, and his Sunday night alumni game against the Nuggets has yet to take place, I’ll set the over/under at 37 1/2 points (if he is cleared to play). Will he make more than half his FG attempts? He hasn’t in his last 5 active games.4
4DAVID LEE, F, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: Yes, he is above LeBron. Both teams have won 13 games as the new week begins, and therefore the guy who has been most responsible for the Dubs’ 13 wins gets the nod over the guy who has been responsible for the Heat’s 13 wins. Lee’s last 3 games: 24-17, 30-15, 20-11 — all wins. Bonus points for carrying a team that does not have Andrew Bogut but does have Festus Ezeli, who is being rookie hazed with a HelloKitty backpack.8
5LeBRON JAMES, F, MIAMI: He’s lucky Pat Riley is not coaching the team. Riles would have put him and his teammates through a 5-hour practice the day after their 20-point debacle of a loss against the Melo-less Knicks. It is abundantly clear that these guys have already put it on cruise control, and they are still tied with the Knicks in the loss column. We don’t get to see the next installment of “We Can Beat You By 20″ until March 3 in a Sunday matinee at MSG. The teams play for the 4th and final time April 2 in a rare Tuesday night TNT telecast.2
6ZACH RANDOLPH, F, MEMPHIS: At a certain point, we are going to have to make this a joint entry along with Rudy Gay. Oops, sorry to mention joint and Z-Bo in the same sentence. Portland readers will appreciate that one. His 38 and 22 against the Suns more than offset his 8-point, 5-rebound aberration against the Pistons. For all his double-doubles, Randolph has only three 20-point games. Rudy has seven. Prior to last season (11.6), Zach averaged 20 ppg for five straight years.3
7TONY PARKER, G, SAN ANTONIO: The penalty point provision of these rankings starts to take effect again, which is why you haven’t seen the words “Kobe” and “Bryant” in the same sentence yet. As mentioned in the Duncan entry at No. 1, that ship in San Antonio has two captains (aside from Pop), and Parker merits equal billing when it comes to accounting for the Spurs’ overall success. So after being left out of the rankings last week, he returns as the highest-ranked newcomer.-
8KOBE BRYANT, G, L.A. LAKERS: You know he belongs on this list somewhere, despite his team’s record. Congrats on reaching 30K, Kobe. For a “best of Kobe” video compilation, click here. Stat of the season is Lakers being 1-8 when he scores 30 or more. So maybe he doesn’t belong on this list? Nah.6
9JAMAL CRAWFORD, G, L.A. CLIPPERS: Back on the list after a brief absence, and not because he earns brownie points for being able on our Friday radio show to name two of the five players who have shot 95 percent or better on FTs over the course of a season (Jose Calderon, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Calvin Murphy, Ray Allen and Jeff Hornacek). JCrossover Hasn’t missed a FT since Nov. 3, when he clanged two vs. GS. He is at .950 to begin the week. He also names his best ankle-bust ever in this interview.-
10<MavericksO.J. MAYO, G, DALLAS. His 40 in the shootout with James Harden gets him back on the list, where he was a mainstay over Weeks 1-4. If he can keep the Mavs at .500 until Dirk Nowitzki returns, that’ll have been a heck of an accomplishment. Dallas is 8-3 when he scores 20 or more.-

DROPPED OUT: Jrue Holiday (7), Ray Allen (9), Anderson Varejao (10).

TEAMS CONSPICUOUSLY UNREPRESENTED: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz.

OTHER RANKINGS: Most Improved | Rookie | Heisler’s Power Rankings

(MVP RANKINGS FROM AFTER WEEK FIVE)
(MVP RANKINGS FROM AFTER WEEK FOUR)
(MVP RANKINGS FROM AFTER WEEK THREE)
(MVP RANKINGS FROM AFTER WEEK TWO)
(MVP RANKINGS FROM AFTER WEEK ONE)

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  1. john steppling says

    Well, First off, I think people are buying into the Knicks a bit too early. Yes they have played well and are winning, but……..they’ve had a pretty easy schedule, and they are old. If you watched the nuggets throw away a win last night, you saw a dog tired knick team late in the third. Imagine fast forwarding fifty five more games. Im not buying it. I think the Bucks are giving every indication of being a top seed. They dismantled the Nets . Which brings me to the question of the day, whats wrong with DWill?? I say Larry Sanders should be on this list, seriously. And not david lee (no defense you dont get to be MVP). Zbo has to be on the list, has to be. Durant for sure is in first place. Duncan yes, id say second. But Jamal crawford? Come on, come on, seriously…….speaking of NO DEFENSE. No, he’s not even close. I nominate josh Smith…..or Horeford, hell, one of them. Take Kobe off there, the team is lousy. Take Mayo off, the team isnt winning, or not enough. I might add Rondo, but the team is also not winning. JaRue? But see, ZBo is far more valuable than Gay….its not points, its everything. They could win without gay, they cant win without Randolph. Knicks can win without melo. Boston cant win without rondo. Right now bucks cant win without Sanders. OKC wouldnt win without durant. What about Noah in chicago?? In fact Id have him on for sure. Look at the minutes he’s playing, and the role he plays for the Bulls. And they ARE winning.

    • tr3s says

      You are clearly an idiot and haven’t watched a Warrior game all year. Mark Jackson has the team playing defense now which is why they are winning. And half the guys on the list aren’t on there cause of their defense. Hell, Crawford is one of the worst defenders in the league. Quit hating on Golden State, the team is for real so get use to it cause they’re here to stay

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