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Report: Steve Nash is the 2006 MVP

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Nash is the MVP

Steve Nash will win his second straight NBA Most Valuable Player award, according to reports on several area newspapers.

The announcement may not come for two weeks, according to the Arizona Republic. But the paper, and others, report that the voting shows Nash edging LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Chauncey Billups and Kobe Bryant for the MVP.

This season, Nash had career-highs in points (18.8 points per game), rebounds (4.2 per game), field goal percentage (51.2 percent) and free throw percentage (92.1 percent -- best in the league). He was also the league-leader in assists (10.5) and shot nearly 50 percent from three-point range.

The Suns are currently playing the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

A year ago, Nash edged Shaquille O'Neal in what was the fourth-closest balloting in history.

I agree, I would have voted for Nash too. The Suns win the Pacific again, get the 2nd seed in the playoffs, all without Amare. Nobody expected them to do this well and yet they have a chance to make it to the conference finals or possibly the finals. He led the league in assists and free throw percentage as well as establishing career highs in points, boards, and fg percentage it all adds up to an MVP. Sure he doesn't play good defense, but what he lacks for there he makes up for on the offensive end. He sets up guys for open shots, nobody can keep him contained, and he makes that offense go. Marion is an incredibly valuable piece but I think you can take away Marion, replace him with an average player and Nash makes that player an above average player. But take away Nash and replace him with an average point guard and it might get ugly. He makes players better than they really are, see Raja Bell, James Jones, Boris Diaw, Tim Thomas. Even Marion is a much better player because of Nash. I didn't think he should have been MVP last year, but this year he seems to have taken it to another level. Nash for MVP.

Who's your MVP?