Originally Posted by SCdac
You have to understand though, (let's assume Parker is the "third best player this season" which not sure if I agree with) being ranked behind only a couple of other greater players doesn't necessarily mean... he's right behind them.
Basically I'd have it like this (again going under said assumption of Parker being #3):
3) Parker, and others
Can you see how being "third best" is somewhat of a misleading statement?
I think you're too caught up in stats, how they rank a player, and what fluctuation from season to season generally implicates. Parker only looks like a "different player" in that he's more experienced now, more confident (not afraid to take a clutch shot), and has mastered the PG position in the Spurs' system (been running it for years). But really, he's not an out of this world franchise player and that's kind of what MVP is. Parker hasn't grown into an exponentially better player than he's been the last 6 years, despite become more seasoned and experienced. He's having a really efficient season (not uncommon for him), but I would take a less efficient Irving or Rose on the Spurs if given the choice. In a heartbeat.
No doubt he's having one of his best seasons in the last couple years, but the impact is not so black/white considering the Spurs won 50 games last season (lockout shortened), 61 games before that, while Parker put up 17-18 ppg, not to mention all the other previous success. The Spurs play faster than they used to (suits Parker and increases his numbers) and ever since picking up Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw have been arguably the deepest team in the league (more options = more assists).
I can see the argument for MVP of the Spurs, but not a legit one for MVP of the league. Merely being a candidate does not equate to being a serious contender.
Well, like I said, there are players who are straight up better. Paul and Bryant are still, definitely, better players. Howard is still a better player. And on and on.
I don't think Parker is a top 10 player, but he's been great over the last two seasons. And I think that the other two are clearly above him.
As far as what stats mean to me and fluctuating season to season...there isn't a single person who that applies less to than me. I hold out on guys.
Parker is leaps and bounds better than he was two years ago. Mastering the PG position says it all. I already said that he isn't someone who's going to change a team, but he's playing like a franchise player.
There could be no argument for Spurs MVP.