Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  57 responses

The Reason Dwight Howard Won’t Win MVP: He’s Too Tall

by Marcel Mutoni

You could list any number of reasons why Dwight won’t get his hands on the League’s highest individual honor this season, and none of them would be as brilliant as the one his assistant coach, Patrick Ewing, provided when asked for his opinion on the award.

Perhaps getting it confused with the Dunk Contest, Ewing seems convinced that Howard’s physical appearance is working against him in the MVP voters’ minds. From Florida Today:

Patrick Ewing has a theory on why Orlando Magic do-it-all center Dwight Howard isn’t mentioned as a leading MVP candidate: He’s a big man.

“I think it’s because he plays the center position,” said Ewing, a Hall of Fame center with the New York Knicks and now a Magic assistant coach. “You guys look for that flash and dash. All the other guys who are in the race are all small guys. He’s a big guy who should be in there.”

Despite getting a record 3,150,181 votes to lead this season’s All-Star team, the Magic feel Howard has been getting an MVP snub. “He’s having an outstanding year,” Ewing said. “He should be definitely in the MVP race. Nobody’s really talking about him. He should be right up there with Kobe, LeBron and Wade.”

Of course, it goes without saying that throughout NBA history, big men have more or less dominated the award. Nice try, Pat.

Anyway, some midget from Cleveland is going up against the gigantic Howard tonight in Orlando, something you might want to tune in for.

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  • http://lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Other reason: He’s not the most valuable player in the NBA.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Loved that last line, Marcel.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Comments like these are why Ewing hasn’t received real attention for a head coaching gig.

  • http://courtsidebasketball.blogspot.com/ stu

    love dwight as i do, his stats are almost identical as last years, and we weren’t talking about him for MVP then either. nice try p-ew.

  • http://courtsidebasketball.blogspot.com/ stu

    no homo

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    that was such a retarded comment for him to make. Bigs to win it during Pat’s career : Shaq, Dream, TD (2), Dirk, KG, Malone (2), DRob, Larry Bird.
    And I’m not even counting Chuck since he was really a midget.

  • http://www.crystalhotelandcasino.com CrystalHotelAndCasino

    lol hahaha agree Z

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    *blows up backboard* oops!

  • Exile

    Not that I agree with Patrick, but he’s talking about this year… not the history of the award. Howard’s numbers may be largely the same, but his impact is growing… not that he’s at the level of the King, Mamba and Flash… But he’s not that far off either…

  • Dan

    But really, Dwight should be considered. I hope Kobe wins, but with the voting stratagy about how a team would fare without a player, the magic would flop without him. They have the number two seed in the east (higher than Dwade’s team). It could be argued that Orlando has a worse team around him then Cleveland, especially now that Jameer is out. I really don’t know why we don’t hear his name in the discussion more. Once again, I don’t think he is the MVP, but he should be in the considerations.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    And then Patrick added: “arrrrrrhhhh”! (Didn’t think LBJ would ever be described as a small dude.)

  • Dan

    sorry, i said the two seed above, they are currently the 3

  • dubya816

    Billups! He’s the real MVP. Think about it…it’s most valuable player. Billups’ numbers are up and he has led the Nuggets big time this year taking them from 8th to 2nd. By the way did anyone catch Birdman last night? What came over him? He looks like the bad guy from The Mask. Maybe it was still working his powers on him.

  • jack

    Lebron won’t be driving the lane tonight

  • Cizzo

    Win a Ship that’s all he need to do far as personal acolades the NBA and it’s fans if every little thing you do is not personified then you are basicly under radar. Win games!

  • Billions

    He will be getting the Defensive Player of Year award.

  • sheed

    no the reason is because he has rashard lewis and hedo on his team and they are just as valuable as him

  • Kozmic

    He’s too young too. KG also a Bigman only got his honours as an MVP later on in his career. Fact is, if your team sucks you ain’t gettin any…

  • wilz

    tons of ppl talk about him. i think he’s mentioned more than he should be.
    dpoftheyear? ya

  • Gift2basketball

    That’s not true height ain’t anything..It’s about impact

  • riggs

    yeah cause he definitely has no impact…=\

  • baron samedi

    mo williams for mvp i says

  • Casey

    I just have to say…I am a huge Dwight Howard fan and I’ve been pulling for the Magic since the beginning of the season. I was watching a game the other day and (though I can’t remember who) an annoucer said something along the lines of the question about the MVP should be which team would be most impacted if that person was removed from the team. I think that’s a great point and I have to say the Magic is not that team. As much as I love them and as much as I want them to win it all, the answer to that question is DWade and the Heat. If you took him out of the mixture, the Heat would be worse of than any other team. Sorry Dwight, but I think DWade deserves it more than anyone in the L.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Actually, Patrick hasn’t gotten an interview for a head coaching gig for the exact same reason.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    F*ck patrick ewing.

  • Tommy Patron

    I can’t wait for Howard to start taking 4 steps across the lane without dribbling. Ewing is a near-top tier historic big, nothing more.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Patrick Chewing…..wow

  • WolfNast

    Kevin Durant for MVP!

  • the black Castanza

    Of course, this coming from a guy who got owned by an MVP big man during the ’94 finals. If Patrick keeps going on like this, he’ll probably get offered a color job at TNT with the rest of the talking bobble heads.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @ dubya: i luv billups but he is NOT an MVP candidate. sure the nuggets are doing better but tht has alot to do with Ai leaving rather than Billups coming. but i do think Billups has been very important for them, just not MVP

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    He’s talking about right NOW. Of course before the majority of MVP awards have been given to big men.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    And Castanza: Shut up and show some respect. Patrick Ewing is one of the greatest centers of all time and so is The Dream. He deserves to speak his mind.

  • the black Castanza

    @teddy: I hate the knicks, forgive my bias. And I always thought the media(Amahd Rashad)catered to them a lil bit back in the mid ’90s. Patricks a great center, he just happened to be on the Knicks. And he can speak his mind all he wants, that dosen’t give him a pass on not being a blowhard.

  • the black Castanza

    P.S. : I’ll show some respect, meh, but i won’t shut up.

  • nate the great

    wow patrick chewing is a dumb @ss guerilla

  • whooo!

    that’s funny, i think ewing was trying to justify HIM not winning an mvp as well, and then you realize all the OTHER big men who won mvps while he played. as of the 2000s, duncan twice and kg once, and shaq extremely close another year.

  • http://slamonline.com Jukai

    You’re such a fool, Russ. And I’m g@y. Take that, punk.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    something we want to tune in for? ha!

  • Washtub

    i still cannot believe steve nash has as many mvps as TD and one more than shaq and kobe…

  • Yann Blavec’s wife’s husband

    there was much less centers as mvp (3) after 1983-84 than before (kareem, moses, bill russel…) Check on basketball-reference.com.

  • Sesa

    The reason is clear, he’s dominating the game the way Shaq and Duncan used to dominate.

    You don’t throw the ball to the post and let Howard work on his own.
    There had to be some sort of pick and roll involved somehow…

    That’s not the case with Shaq and Duncan

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    lol @ internet arguing

  • Nik

    I love howard but I think hes overrated ! i mean Ive never seen him doing impressive things or big wins !! hes a 20-10 guy thats it !! mvp not a chance

  • Dave

    Damn, I never realised only three and a half dudes under 6’6″ won MVP – AI, Nash and Cousy. The half being Barkley.

  • DJR

    @Cizzo – again read you’re stuff before clicking the button.

    And DH is easily the most valuable player on the Magic – and is definitely more than JUST a 20-10 player, it’s actually closer to 20-15-5. The reason the Magic are 3rd in the EC are because Superman is a black hole when he’s in the key – he just sucks in the defenders then kicks it out to any of the other 4 starters to drain it beyond the arc.

  • SilverB

    then Howard’s Magic beats Lebron’s Cavs by 30 something points….Go Figure.

  • Nate

    The way to decide the MVP is to ask this simple question: I U take the other 4 starters from the team with the candidate and put them on any other playoff team, would they still start? Meaning, for example, would Chalmers, Moon, J. O’neil, and Hasmlem be able to start for any palyoff bound team other than Miami? I say no, not even the Bulls or the Pistons.

  • Yann Blavec’s wife’s husband

    Totally agree, Nate.

  • Tiwa lade

    Kevin Durant or D H for mvp

  • Lenny

    If LeBron or kobe wins this years M.V.P it a sham!!!!!! D-Wade is by far the L’s MVP LeBron a very close 2nd and then K.B look what wade has around him now do the same for lebron and kobe any question!!!!!!! LeBron will win the next 10 mvps but sorry this year truely belongs to D-wade!!!!!

  • Lenny

    O YA P.S. Howards a beast! crazy skillz best big in the league but mvp no. he would have to ave a triple dub to win the mvp with all the kobe and lebron @ick riders all over the world

  • giogolo

    Lebron’s gotta redeem himself with the 40..er 27? pt. loss..

  • Manumaniac

    Dirk Nowitzki is taller though… Anyway, I believe that Dwight Howard is having an amazing year and he deserves to be mentioned to that MVP conversation. I don’t say that he should win the trophy (obviously Lebron, Kobe and Wade deserve it the most), but he should definitely be mentioned among MVP candidates.

  • Manumaniac

    Don’t agree with you and here is my point. Remember the Bulls of the 1995-96 season right? Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc could be starters for any other playoff team that time. Does this mean that Michael Jordan wasn’t the MVP of the NBA back then? I don’t think so…

  • Manumaniac

    You can also check the Phoenix Suns back in the 1992-93 season. They had All Star caliber players like Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Cedric Ceballos and Tom Chambers, but that doesn’t mean that Charles Barkley didn’t deserve to take home the MVP award that year. The same goes for Magic and Bird back in the 80′s. They both had All Star guys on their sides, but they still won multiple MVP awards.

  • stokes

    Nate- Truthfully O’neal started on a few different playoff teams in his career and could start a few now. He might produce big numbers every night, but besides the superstars of those teams who does. Truthfully Lebron should have won one already. Before Mo got there he had no one. Wally is streaky, Z is old, Ben can’t shoot, Delonte didn’t become the player he is until this year. But I think it is a toss up between lebron an D-wade. Just depends on who votes and what criteria they use.

  • stokes

    he might not produce big numbers, forgot the word no