My friends know I do not get upset often. But I become livid when people make judgements that are totally “illogical.’ There is no doubt in my mind that this year Steve Nash has been a better player than Kobe. Every midseason MVP article I have seen has Kobe in the top 10 and omits Nash. Kobe is an all-star and Nash is not. I do not care about PER, Win Score, or Win shares. I can show below that this year Nash has been more valuable thab Kobe. If my logic is wrong let me know.
The Suns play 8 points better than average per 48 min (adjusted for strength of opponent ) with Nash in. The Lakers play 7 points better than average with Kobe in. So the Suns are better with Nash in than Lakers are with Kobe in. Kobe has better (Bynum, Gasol, Odom, Fisher) teammates than Nash. So how can Kobe be better than Nash? Here are more points in favor of Nash
- Gasol and Odom in with Kobe out Lakers are 12 points better than average.
- Odom in and Kobe out Lakers are 8 points better than average.
- With Nash out Suns are a horrid -21 and Lakers are still 1 points better than average.
- With Nash in and Carter out Suns are 9 points better than average.
Let me know where I am wrong or admit Nash has been a better player this year than Kobe.