Although I do think there is something to the point of voting for the MVP based on what his team would be without him, I don't think that is the No. 1 criteria. To me, the MVP is a great player who has put his team in contention for a championship. Dirk did that last year and deservingly won MVP because it is based on regular season results only.
This year, I'm hearing an argument that LeBron James should get the vote because he has the weakest supporting cast and without him, the Cavs would be worse than the Lakers without Kobe, etc.
OK, so if those voters are going to vote that way, I submit this for Dirk:
Mavericks on their home court.
Rockets without Yao Ming.
Mavericks get blown out by Rockets, 113-98.
One game does not prove anything, but without Dirk, the Mavericks would not only be worse than the eight other teams in contention for a playoff spot, they would also be worse than Portland or Sacramento.
So anyone who is going to vote for LeBron based on his supporting cast should consider Dirk. Without him -- and even with Jason Kidd -- the Mavericks are not very good.
-- Jan Hubbard