Sheridan Hoops MVP Rankings After Week 17

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1LeBRON JAMES, F, MIAMI: His FG percentages since the 30/60 streak ended have been .583, .533, .733 and .583. That makes it 12 straight games since he dipped below .500 (14-of-31 in OT loss at Boston). Taking a broader look, he has been at 50 percent or  better in 22 of 24 games since the new year. A couple more weeks of the same and he will start taking this debate to the unanimous level.1
2TONY PARKER, G, SAN ANTONIO: Rodeo Road Trip ends Sunday, and a win over Phoenix would make it a 7-2 voyage that could have been 8-1 if not for Friday’s OT loss at Oakland. Since we are focusing on FG percentages this week, it should be mentioned that TP has been at 50 percent or above in 17 of last 21. Has scored in double figures in every game since Nov. 9, a 40-game streak. (LBJ is at 472 and counting, FYI).3
3KEVIN DURANT, F, OKLAHOMA CITY: Not going to dump on a guy who leads the league in scoring and FT percentage. But we also aren’t going to reward him for the Thunder’s three-game skid. (If you missed the Harden-led comeback by the Rockets two nights ago, you cheated yourself.) OKC should have gained ground on the Spurs during their trip. Instead, they lost ground – and so does Kevin with this fall to No. 3.2
4PAUL GEORGE, G-F, INDIANA: He won’t have to carry the team all by himself as he has been doing all season – unless Danny Granger’s 0-for-8 start out of the gate in his first game of the season Saturday night is a precursor of things to come. He still can’t earn the top spot in our Most Improved rankings (tweet your beefs to Kels Dayton of roundballdaily.com, who pens that weekly feature.)4
5DWYANE WADE, G, MIAMI: This week’s big riser, eclipsing the star of the Knicks – who still have two 20-point victories over the Heat in their back pocket, with the next meeting less than two weeks away. Has ceded the spotlight to ‘Bron, but doing a nifty mini-Bron imitation. His 14-of-18 shooting Saturday night in Philly was his most accurate of the season. For nitpickers, he hasn’t made a 3 in February.7
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CHRIS PAUL, G, LA CLIPPERS: Circle your calendars for Friday, when he’ll be in Cleveland going against Kyrie Irving. And for next Sunday, too, when Russell Westbrook comes to Staples for a matinee. Nice opportunity for CP3 to measure up against two of the best. He got shown up Thursday by the only PG ahead of him in these rankings as Clips lost by 26 to Spurs. Still hasn’t had a 5-turnover game since Nov. 3. Leads NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.36.6
7KOBE BRYANT, G, LA LAKERS: Love the cojones, guaranteeing a playoff spot. Loved the defensive intensity last Sunday at the end of the All-Star Game. Wondering what his team will do if Dwight Howard (now holding them hostage) bolts at season’s end and signs with Dallas. Astute move by Mark Cuban bringing in Dwight’s pal, Anthony Morrow, on trade deadline day.8
8CARMELO ANTHONY, F, NEW YORK: If Durant’s slumpage continues, this guy could lead NBA in scoring when Edition 18 is published next Sunday. But as long as the Knicks keep plodding along as a .500 team – which they’ve been doing for two months – he ain’t climbing back into the top 5, where he has been most of the season. New York media tiring of his slo-mo post-game act. Someone explain to him how Patrick Ewing handled postgame availability like a pro.5
9JAMES HARDEN, G, HOUSTON: Welcome back again, James. A personal thank you for providing outstanding sofa time in comeback win over Thunder, and I imagine I am not alone in wanting to see the Rockets and Thunder clash in the first round. If Thomas Robinson becomes a productive member of the rotation, GM Daryl Morey may have locked up Executive of the Year. Rockets are 2-1 vs. Lakers, chasing them for 8th. Teams meet on last night of regular season.-
10RUDY GAY, F, TORONTO: To repeat a line from last week: Every year, there is one team that breaks out of its losing mode and makes a run out of nowhere to get into playoff contention. Raptors are surging since Rudy arrived, and Knicks were helpless against him in third quarter of Raps’ Friday night home win. Toronto now within four games of 8th seed but must leapfrog Sixers.10

DROPPED OUT: Kevin Garnett (9).

TEAMS CONSPICUOUSLY UNREPRESENTED: Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls.

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  1. [...] Via Chris Sheridan “The streak of shooting 60 percent in six consecutive games is now well behind us, but it has been nearly a month since The King shot less than 50 percent from the field. He also has shot below 40 percent once this season. Once. His field-goal percentage is up to an unfathomable .567, his rebounds (8.2) are a career high and his 2.94 turnovers are at a career low.” [...]

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