Boston Globe NBA reporter Gary Washburn was the only writer to cast a first-place vote for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the NBA most valuable player balloting.
The other 120 first-place votes were cast for the Heat's LeBron James, who won the award for the fourth time.
Washburn explained his decision in his On Basketball column today.
On James vs. Anthony:
... My vote had more to do with Anthony and less to do with the dominance of LeBron. If you were to take Anthony off the Knicks, they are a lottery team. James plays with two other All-Stars, the league's all-time 3-point leader, a defensive stalwart, and a fearless point guard. The Heat are loaded.
If Lebron was taken away from the Heat, they still would be a fifth or sixth seed. He is the best player of this generation, a multifaceted superstar with the physical prowess of Adonis, but I chose to reward a player who has lifted his team to new heights.
Anthony's impact on the Knicks:
...This isn't the Best Player in the Game award, it's the Most Valuable Player award, and I think what Anthony accomplished this season was worthy of my vote. He led the Knicks to their first division title in 19 years. That's a long time. Anthony led the league in scoring average and basically carried an old Knicks team to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Amar'e Stoudemire missed most of the season with knee issues, Raymond Felton missed six weeks, and Tyson Chandler dealt with nagging injuries, leaving Anthony, J.R. Smith, and a bunch of lottery picks from the mid-1990s to win 54 games and beat the Miami Heat three times.
Naturally, Twitter had many things to say about the situation.
I disagree with @gwashnbaglobe's decision to vote for Carmelo but I love that he's out there owning it. Our profession needs more like him.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) May 6, 2013
Now that we know @gwashnbaglobe was the Carmelo voter can we all move on? It's not like he cost LeBron the MVP. Save the outrage.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 6, 2013
@gwashnbaglobethanks for voting for Carmelo, glad someone had the courage to think outside the box— ted tokarski (@tedtokarski) May 6, 2013
@gwashnbaglobe You probably aren't a bad guy, but you should have your MVP vote taken away. Sincerely, Every Basketball Fan in the World.— Kenny Tackett (@iamtheshinyone) May 6, 2013
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