Assessing T-Mac’s MVP Candidacy

by March 14, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

For most people, the MVP race this season is almost strictly between three players: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Chris Paul. Every once in a while, though, someone else tries to enter the discussion – be it Kevin Garnett, or hilariously, Paul Pierce – and today, it’s Tracy McGrady’s turn.

Mac’s Rockets are en fuego, having won an astounding 20 straight games, and haven’t missed a beat since Yao went down with a season-ending injury. With Houston playing way above their heads, some are beginning to think McGrady should get some hardware for his troubles.

The seven-time all-star is making a case for MVP as the Rockets have matched the second-longest win streak in NBA history and marched to the top of the Western Conference standings.

“As long as this game has been around, not too many people have accomplished what we’ve accomplished,” McGrady said. “Twenty years from now, somebody will possibly be in the same breath as us and mention our name.”

As nice a story as the Rockets have been, for McGrady to even get serious consideration for the award, Houston needs some kind of miracle to come out of this month unscathed. Just look at some of the games on their sched: Lakers, Celtics, Warriors, Suns, and Spurs to close out March.

Gentlemen, your work has been cut out for you.