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The three "experts" (where's Kelly Dwyer?) at SI.com have announced their picks for MVP. Two out of three have Nash.

Jack McCallum:
I tried to think of a reason not to vote Nash both because he has won the last two and because Nowitzki has had a great season with a great team. But at the end of the day, I just can't see anyone as valuable to his team as Nash is to Phoenix. He is not only the on-court QB but also the off-court psychologist/diplomat who keeps the Suns together. And his play has picked up over these final two months, particularly in head-to-heads against Dirk and in a recent win over Kobe and the Lakers.
Marty Burns:
It's difficult to pass up the best player on the best team (Nowitzki), but I'm going with Nash because he means more to his club. Nash just makes everyone around him so much better. Nowitzki is a double-double machine and a go-to guy, but he doesn't propel the Mavs like Nash does the Suns. Also, Nash schooled Dirk in their most recent head-to-head meetings. That's good enough for me.
I cannot stand that argument anymore.

I'm not going to say Nash isn't extremely important to Phoenix. The offense is designed around him, and it wouldn't work without him. And the same goes for Dirk in Dallas. Just because he doesn't bring the ball up the floor doesn't mean he isn't the most important player on the offensive end of the floor. Just look at the numbers. (via 82games.com)

Steve Nash
Stat
ON Court
OFF Court
Net
Minutes
2510
1227
67%
Offense: Pts per 100 Poss.
118.7
105.8
+12.9
Defense: Pts per 100 Poss.
107.2
107.3
-0.0
Net Points per 100 Possessions
+11.5
-1.4
+12.9
Points Scored
5958
2534
+3424
Points Allowed
5380
2565
+2815
Net Points
+578
-31
+609

Dirk Nowitzki
Stat
ON Court
OFF Court
Net
Minutes
2687
974
73%
Offense: Pts per 100 Poss.
117.0
100.6
+16.4
Defense: Pts per 100 Poss.
104.9
101.4
+3.5
Net Points per 100 Possessions
+12.1
-0.8
+13.0
Points Scored
5823
1809
+4014
Points Allowed
5213
1846
+3367
Net Points
+610
-37
+647
Let's break that down.
  • Dirk plays more minutes per game than Nash. Being able to keep your teams best player on the court as much as possible is a good thing.
  • Dirk helps the Dallas offense more than Nash helps the Suns offense.