NBA.com’s MVP rank puts Kobe Bryant in second place

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How about this for a turnaround?

The Los Angeles Lakers are knocking on the door of the eighth seed in the Western Conference and Kobe Bryant is also moving up the ranks.

Out of nowhere, he’s now second in NBA.com‘s Race to the MVP Ladder.

After putting up 35.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in the first week of March, he’s found himself trailing only LeBron James in the MVP race.

If Kobe and the Lakers continue to make a strong push towards the end of the season and manage to secure a playoff spot, will the newly nicknamed “Vino” be in the talk for the illustrious award?

Possibly, and one Eastern Conference executive thinks it’s ludicrous that Bryant has only one regular season MVP award in his trophy case:

“I don’t have a good answer for why, but I know it’s a disgrace,” said one Eastern Conference executive who has maintained his stance that Bryant was the best player in the league for a stretch, before and after he won his lone MVP, without being honored properly.

“I’m not saying he’s the best right now. I think LeBron [James] has distinguished himself from the rest of the pack now and he has the championship to go with it. But for Kobe to have just one … it makes no sense.”

Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony round out the top 5. Tony Parker dropped out of the rankings due to injury.

Written by Ross Pickering

Ross Pickering is the founder of Lakerholicz.com. He’s here to bring you daily updates on your Los Angeles Lakers, despite living 5,485 miles away from L.A. in England. You can follow him on Twitter: @RossPickering