Roundtable: Who is the 2008-09 MVP?

Originally Published: April 13, 2009
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LeBron JamesDavid Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty ImagesLeBron James didn't get every first-place vote -- but he came close.

Click the pics below to see the ballots of these ESPN writers and analysts.

Henry Abbott Abbott Adande Barry Brooks
Bucher Ford LZ Hill
Hollinger Legler Neel Palmer Ramsay Rose Sheridan Stein Thorpe

It was a slam dunk. In a poll of ESPN experts, LeBron James ran away with the MVP award.'s NBA MVP ballot
Rank Player Stats
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small forward
Team record: 65-15
Points per game: 28.3
Rebounds per game: 7.6
Assists per game: 7.3
James' complete statistics
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Shooting guard
Team record: 42-38
Points per game: 30.2
Assists per game: 7.5
Steals per game: 2.2
Wade's complete statistics
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Shooting guard
Team record: 64-17
Points per game: 27.0
Rebounds per game: 5.3
Assists per game: 4.9
Bryant's complete statistics
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Team record: 58-22
Points per game: 20.7
Rebounds per game: 13.9
Blocks per game: 2.9
Complete Howard stats
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point guard
Team record: 49-31
Points per game: 23.0
Assists per game: 11.1
Steals per game: 2.8
Complete Paul stats

The tally

LeBron James: 89 points (17 first-place votes, 1 second)
Dwyane Wade: 62 points (1 first-place vote, 8 second, 7 third, 2 fourth)
Kobe Bryant: 53 points (8 second-place votes, 5 third, 1 fourth, 4 fifth)
Dwight Howard: 31 points (1 second-place vote, 2 third, 10 fourth, 1 fifth)
Chris Paul: 22 points (3 third-place votes, 3 fourth, 7 fifth)
Chauncey Billups: 8 points (1 third-place vote, 1 fourth, 3 fifth)
Paul Pierce: 3 points (1 fourth-place vote, 1 fifth)
Tony Parker: 2 points (2 fifth-place votes)

Five points awarded for first-place votes, four points for second place, and so on.

The ballots

Henry Abbott | J.A. Adande | Jon Barry | Maurice Brooks | Chris Broussard | Ric Bucher
Chad Ford | LZ Granderson | Jemele Hill | John Hollinger | Tim Legler | Eric Neel
Chris Palmer | Dr. Jack Ramsay | Jalen Rose | Chris Sheridan | Marc Stein | David Thorpe