The MVP Race: Don’t Forget About KG

by March 03, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

Ever since Kevin Garnett went down with an injury (and the Celtics continued to win without him), the MVP race he once led commandingly has turned into a competition between two men: LeBron James and Kobe Bryant – with the latter holding the edge.

The Boston media, however, would like to remind you that their guy is pretty good, too.

If you want to give the MVP to the guy with the best numbers on a pretty good team, then Garnett is not your guy. If you want to give it to the best player on the best team, to an individual who has transformed a franchise and brought the word “defense” into the daily discourse without the need for a laugh track, then he still has to warrant serious consideration.

Kevin Garnett absolutely deserves to be in the running for the award; the turnaround he’s helped engineer in Boston is a thing of beauty.

That being said, the Celtics are still residents of the woeful Eastern Conference. So, unless they win 70 (which they obviously won’t), it’ll take one hell of an argument to convince me (and many others) that he deserves the vote over Kobe.