Dwight Howard named Eastern Conference Player of the Week; Does he deserve to be the league MVP?

Dwight Howard picked up another Eastern Conference Player of the Week award today, marking the second time that he’s won the award this season. The reason I bring this up is because it’s become almost a foregone conclusion around the NBA that the MVP race comes down to Kobe Bryant vs. Lebron James. But I say, why not Dwight? After vowing to become a better defensive player this year, Dwight has backed it up by upping his defensive totals across the board; he’s averaging 14.2 rebounds per game, and has increased his blocks per game total to 3.0. That’s almost a full block per game better than last year’s average of 2.2. He’s also putting up 20.7 points per game, while shooting 59.4 percent from the field. The Magic are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league, mainly because of the way Dwight has developed as a legitimate offensive threat. Now I know Lebron and Kobe are well … Lebron and Kobe. Both of them put up impressive numbers, and both are the heart and soul of their team. But I’d argue that Dwight is that same guy for the Magic. Dwight gets a little love this week from NBA.com, but I feel if he can lead the Magic to the No. 1 seed in the East without Jameer Nelson, there’s no reason he shouldn’t go home with the league’s top individual honor. Instead of the national media talking about how funny he is, and what a great guy he is, why not make the NBA MVP race a three-man fight? Here are Dwights numbers over the past week courtesy of the NBA:

“Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic Feb. 17 vs. Charlotte: Tallied 45 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks in a 107-102 win over the Bobcats. Feb. 18 @ New Orleans: Collected 12 points and eight rebounds in a 117-85 loss to the Hornets. Feb. 20 @ Charlotte: Posted 13 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks as Orlando won at Charlotte 92-80. Feb. 22 vs. Miami: Scored 32 points and added 17 rebounds in a 122-99 win over the Heat.”

Philip Rossman-Reich

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