Regularly Beating Up James Ellsworth
Join Date: Feb 2012
I think in 2011, you could make a legit argument for guys like Dwight, Rose and Dirk for MVP.
Bron in 2011 wasn't as good as he is now, Heat underachieved (relatively speaking) and he wasn't even that much better than Wade that year and it showed in the playoffs. His season numbers were better but a lot of that had to do with Bron dominating the ball more than Wade and their substitution pattern too because Bron would spend more time with the bench than Wade did so again, he had more control of the game.
Dwight had his best offensive season that year, anchored the #3 D in the league and led a relatively weak supporting cast to a 53-29 record. You can definitely argue him as MVP. Dirk's season numbers are a bit weak but his impact is there. Dallas was 55-18 when he played, 2-7 when he sat out. Rose led the Bulls to the best record in the league and didn't have much offensive help tho they were the best defensive + rebounding in the league.
That race was definitely closer than this year. You can argue for Bron but there's argument for others too. This year, not as much. Heat have a great record, Bron is clearly the best player in the league so he's both dominant on an individual and team level more so than any other guy out there.