Thursday, March 6, 2008

Chris Paul: A Leading MVP Candidate Despite Blatant Racial Bias by Mianstream Media.

A True Competitor:

Chris Paul's competitiveness has to be his most overlooked characteristic as a basketball player. Whenever he gets matched up against another upper-echelon point guard, Paul makes sure to bring his 'A-game.' The true measure of competitive greatness is how you perform against the best the game has to offer. Over the past 2 weeks Chris Paul has not disappointed.

Chris Paul vs Jason Kidd:

Paul: 31 points, 11 assists, 9 steals, 5 rebounds, 1 TO ( 11-20 FG)
Kidd: 8 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, 6 rebounds, 6 TO (3-6 FG)

Storyline: Paul dominates Kidd's debut in Dallas. Hornets win 104-93

Chris Paul vs. Steve Nash:

Paul: 25 points, 15 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 TO (9-21 FG)
Nash: 8 points, 13 assists, 0 rebounds 0 steals, 4 TO (1-6 FG)

Storyline: Paul dominates the game offensively and defensively, torching Nash with a 15:1 assist-turnover ratio. Hornets win 120-103.

Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams:

Paul: 24 points, 16 assists, 5 steals, 4 rebounds, 1 TO (5-15 FG)
Williams: 22 points, 10 assists, 0 steals, 2 rebounds, 4 TO (8-14 FG)

Storyline: Paul dominates Williams on National television. The Hornets 38-15 1st quarter lead was too much to overcome. Paul finishes a monstrous 16:1 assist-turnover ratio. Hornets win 110-98.

Racial Bias Against Chris Paul:

Chis Paul has been absolutely amazing all season long, yet the media has been consistently against him. Many so-called experts didn't even have the Hornets in their top 8 seeds, yet to everyone's surprise, Paul has lead his gang to the top of the Elite Western Conference (the toughest conference in NBA History). Many misinformed sportscasters are saying that this years' MVP contest is a two man race between Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. A couple of things strike me as odd:

1) How is Lebron James a top tier candidate? Look, numbers wise, Lebron is an absolute beast. His box scores bring back shades of Oscar Robertson and he is an undisputed force to be reckoned with. No one can argue there. But, the MVP award isn't about having the best numbers or being the best player, its about being the best player on the best team. Thats the unwritten definition that the media has interpreted for the award since 1981. The MVP award is a much a team award as it is an individual award. I don't agree with it, but thats what it has been defined as. So going of precedence alone, Lebron James should not be a legitimate candidate for the award, especially if his Cavs don't crack the 50-win mark.

2) Steve Nash won the MVP award in 2005-2006 for:

A) Making his teammates better
B) Thriving in the West, despite low expectations (Amare's Injury)

That being said, lets compare Nash's numbers in 05-06 to Paul's in 07-08:

Nash 05-06: 18.8 ppg, 10.5 apg, 4.2 rpg, 0.8 spg, 3.5 TO
Paul 07-08: 21.0 ppg, 10.9 apg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 spg, 2.5 TO

Not only is Paul besting Nash in points, assists and turnovers, but he is leading the NBA in steals per game. Paul is the best point guard on BOTH sides of the floor, unlike Nash who is a one-trick pony that plays absolutely no defense. On top of that, Paul has lower expectations in 2007-2008 than Nash did in 2005-2006.

Steve Nash won an overwhelming victory and was being talked about all season long by the media. They put Nash so high on a pedestal that you'd think he was the next best thing since sliced bread. Paul on the other hand, isn't even considered to be a candidate by most of the media. The media is hyping the 2007-2008 contest as a two man race, even though Paul is by definition both more valuable and more deserving. This proves that either:

A) Nash's 2005-2006 MVP award was illegitimate and was given to him because he was White. Subliminally, the voters were affected by Nash's ethnicity. After all, he is vertically challenged, white, and unathletic. In a sense, he shares a lot in common with the voters. They can relate to him easily because of these mutual similarities, thus subliminally affecting their voting process. This theory, isn't too implausible to believe either. After all, Larry Bird won three consecutive MVP's, but let's not go there.


B) That Chris Paul is being marginalized and overlooked because he's black and because he plays in a smaller market (New Orleans), which struggles to sell out its own home games. The past 3 MVP's have all been white, and apparently it is more impressive to be good at basketball and to be white, than it is to be black. Now, many people will point out that a majority of the MVP winners have been black in the course of NBA history. But that would be a gross oversimplification of what is truly a significant issue.

Conclusion: Do I feel that Chris Paul is being marginalized because he is black? Not necessarily. In fact, I don't feel it that way. After all, all of the five leading candidates are black, so I don't feel race is a factor in this years contest. However, I do feel that Steve Nash was put on a pedestal because he was white. Anyway you look at it, there is no doubt that race has and will continue to affect MVP voting. Chris Paul is doing everything Nash did and then some, yet he isn't getting nearly the same media coverage, appreciation, or recognition. So racially, compared to Steve Nash in 2005-2006, Paul is at a significant disadvantage.

The Ballot: To me, the two true frontrunner's for the award are Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Those two should be #1 and #2 on everyone's ballot. Then you have Lebron James, Kevin Garnett, and Dwight Howard as the remaining three candidates, although none of them is in any way deserving of the award. In the end, the winner of the Western Conference will likely take the award.


Henry Abbott said...

The only best evidence we have to work with to predict who will win this year's award comes from Brian Windhorst of the Akron Beacon-Journal, who surveyed likely voters in early February.

Windhorst found 22 of 35 surveyed voters (there are 125 actual voters, I think) were, at that point, going to vote for Garnett. Paul and James were tied with four votes each, and Kobe Bryant had three. There are a hundred different ways to argue whether or not that is the best choice. But it's tough to make a case that Chris Paul has been forgotten, or (as all four candidates are black, right?) that his efforts have been suppressed by racism. He's ahead of Kobe Bryant, for crying out loud! If he has any real handicap, I'd guess it's that his team is seldom on national TV.

KO8E.COM said...

Hey Henry, Thanks for your post.

My question remains though..

Chris Paul has way better all around numbers than Nash did in 2005-2006, with an lesser team, and lesser expectations.

Nash was the media's love child, yet no one ever talks about Chris Paul...

Yes all of the 5 candidates are black: Kobe, Paul, Garnett, Lebron, Dwight. I am not saying there is racism against Paul because he is black. I am saying there was racism involved in implicating Nash as the 2005-2006 MVP. We both know that Kobe and Lebron were more deserving that year.

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Well Done.

Maria V said...

CP3 not getting any MVP love? Since when????

He doesnt get any national exposure but the MVP candidates are all different than the year Nash won it. Different season, different cases to be made.

As for Lebron when your putting up these kind of numbers your a candidate.

Anonymous said...

Lebron is clearly the MVP
Look at his statline and his bullshit team and then the record

David said...

I can see your point. Once the Hornets started making their way to the top of the West, I was surprised not hear CP3's name in the MVP discussion. While I don't think race is the overwhelming factor for why this is happening, I do think Henry said got it right: "If he has any real handicap, I'd guess it's that his team is seldom on national TV." Although I think the voters for the MVP should be knowledgeable in the NBA, its true they haven't been in the many years there have been MVP snubs(Dirk, Lebron, and Kobe were more MVP worthy those years). My vote still goes to Kobe, being a homer, but CP3 is definitely more MVP worthy than LBJ, even though the year he's having is amazing. Unfortunately, the team record does matter, as history as shown us.

Anonymous said...

Check the history of the Paul vs. Williams matchup before anointing him based on one game.

Paul is now 2-7 vs Williams and Deron has dominated Paul on numerous occasions. You'd think the best player in the league would able to beat his primary rival more than a third of the time...

Anonymous said...

D. Williams has owned Paul in almost every meeting they have had, the last one was an exception. Paul is on a team that takes a ton of shots which makes his numbers look really nice, but IMO Williams is the best PG in the league at this point.

Malik said...

OK, who ever wrote this is (original on the 1st page)completely bonkers. LOL. Steve nash not nly is old getting better and better each year he drove his center short team to one of the top in the west. he averaged a doulbe double and he plays defense just because he doesnt get much steals dont me he doesnt play D. Chris Pual actually might have MVP if he did all this when nash one. think about it. Lebron is 1 of 3 players to average 30 points 7 rebounds and assists in the same season. And maybe you dont understand the concept, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER. The player your supper star team cant win without. with Nash out b/c of injury they had a disgusting record. seriously the NBA comp. this year has improved alot. you dont just have a significant streak of games and win MVP. mash was working as hard as he was all season. And you contradicted himself. You said the MVP goes to the best player of the best team. the Hornets are definately not the best team. ther suns were not the best that year but they were closer to it than the Hotnets are now.

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