Comparing NBA MVP Candidates to the 2011 Best Picture Nominees

The NBA season is over two thirds complete, so what better way to look at MVP candidates than to parallel them with my ranking of the Best Picture nominees for this Sunday’s Academy Awards.

With my Minnesota Timberwolves playing as poorly as they have this season, I’ve been able to catch plenty of movies this winter.

Lets get to it. (Note: All stats are through Thursday February 24th.)


10) Amar’e Stoudemire- Winter’s bone

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The Kevin Love-Blake Griffin Debate

Kevin Love and Blake Griffin have taken vastly different routes to the NBA. But their performances in the 2010-11 NBA season have sparked a new debate; who is the best young power forward in the NBA?

Through Friday night the Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love is averaging 21.5 points and 15.7 rebounds per game. The Clippers’ Blake Griffin checks in at 22 points and 12.7 boards.

Just by looking at points and rebounds per game it appears they’re having extremely similar seasons, with Love having the slight upper hand due to his work on the glass.

Looking deeper into their numbers- and styles of play- it becomes apparent that comparing their respective seasons is like comparing True Grit to Black Swan; they both play drastically different, but you can’t go wrong with either one. [Read more…]