Posted by h00pzdad on March 06, 2018 at 10:15:22:
In Reply to: Re: League MVP Selection Process posted by Different opinions on March 06, 2018 at 09:37:11:
: : : : Should the league MVP be the best player on the team that finished first or a true standout on a team that finished second or third? Lopsided leagues often have several "good" players on the best team while a truly "great" player may emerge on another team. Thoughts?
: : : I vote for the best player on the best team unless there is truly a standout who is head and shoulders above everyone else. If that player is a little better then Co-MVP would be considered.
: : Should come from the top team. And from a 4th place team.
: I slways felt, as a coach, that the MVP was the best player on the best team, most of the time, because without her, they would not have won a league title. There were always exceptions. This is why I always promote leagues to give an MVP award and a Player of the Year award, that is based on stats. A player could win both, but having the two awards settles the argument that the girl on the league champion who averaged 10 points a game, but was the reason that team won every game deserves the MVP over a kid who averaged 20 points a game on the 3rd or 4th place team, took the most shots, but has the stats.
The problem with the "best player on the best team" argument is that the players have no control over how good their teammates are. A great player can elevate her team but that still doesn't enable her to win or lose games at will.
Also, what is the definition of "best team?" The team that places first in league? The team that goes the deepest in the playoffs? The team that plays in the toughest divison?
Usually in most leagues there are a handful (fewer than 5) players who are legitimate MVP candidates. If all five are "equal" then you should consider the performance of the team to help make the final determination.
The fact is this: MVP is a PLAYER award, not a team award, and it should be given accordingly.
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