By Ryan McNeill
While reading through online and print articles there seems to be a growing sentiment that Steve Nash won’t win a third straight MVP award this season. Despite the fact that he’s posting career highs across the board and his teams winning more games it seems like countless writers would rather anoint Kobe, Dirk Nowitzki or even Gilbert Arenas as MVP this season.
However, there’s no doubt in my mind that Nash, barring a season ending injury, will coast to his third straight MVP award.
In his latest article Adrian Wojnarowski set aside Nash’s personal stats and instead threw out a team stat that shows how valuable Nash is:
They’re the greatest show in sports now, a brand of basketball straight out of the space age. The Phoenix Suns had come to Madison Square Garden to make a modicum of history, spinning a second 15-game winning streak within a season.
While pundits of Nash winning a third straight MVP will use this quote and point to his a Suns roster filled with possible MPV candidates, I’ll remind fans that Nash is a big reason why this Suns teams is so explosive. While Leandro Barbosa is putting up huge numbers this season I don’t think the Suns offense would be nearly as explosive if he were to try and replace Nash. Is any hoops fan delusional enough to think that Marcus Bank could come close to mirroring what Nash can do?
Some fans will argue that Nash is a product of Mike D’Antoni’s offense but I would argue that the Suns offense is effective because Nash is the central cog. If you were to take Nash off the Suns roster there’s no way that they would be able to notch to 15 game win streaks this season.
Isn’t that what should determine a most valuable player? A player who, if you were to take him off a successful team, then that team would then falter?