So, I was reading this article, and it brings up an interesting thought:
There is no award for Offensive Player of the Year. There is an honor for the other half of the court, Defensive Player of the Year. But no one ever has felt compelled to balance things—and to clear up the annual confusion among MVP voters—by establishing a trophy to be handed to the league’s most dominant or impactful performer at the end of the floor that lights up scoreboards.
What happens, then, is that the MVP becomes the repository for such scoring stars—or assists stars, or leaders in whatever other statistical measure fascinates a given voter. Meanwhile, others choose to wrestle with the concept of a player’s “value” relative both to his team and within the league.
This could definitely clear things up. I mean, the NFL has Offensive player of the year, and there has clearly been a difference between the best offensive player and the MVP in the NBA for the past several seasons. This could allow the critics that cry out over efficiency and numbers to give the OPOY to the most efficient/best scorer/passer/all-around offensive player in any given year. This would also clear up the MVP as the player that has the most impact on his team. Now, this definition will always make the award a subjective decision, but I think an OPOY would help clear up ambiguity for people who are torn between making a subjective decision based on observation and a cold, analytical decision based on numbers.
Or is this a stupid idea?