Saniya Chong just completed one of the great individual Slam Dunk tournaments in history. Maybe the best ever. On Tuesday she set the tournament scoring record with 40 points. Two days later she set it again with 46. She also had a near triple-double the first game and 12 rebounds the second game.
She would have been a no-brainer for MVP if Ossining had won it all. But it didn’t. Peekskill won, and Asia Jackson was named MVP.
This has been a point of some contention. Some say Chong should have won it because of her incredible performance, one that exceeds anything at this event in recent memory. They say Ossining would have lost to Peekskill by 40 without her.
Others say that a player can’t win MVP if she’s not on the championship team. If her squad didn’t win, she’s not the most valuable.
What do you say? Can a player on the losing team win MVP, a la Bobby Richardson on the 1960 Yankees? Don’t vote based on Chong specifically. I’m asking, in general, could you be persuaded to give a losing player the MVP of a regular-season or postseason tournament if she plays exceptionally well?
Vote in the poll at the right.
According to the last poll result, 55 percent of you said Chong will average 30 ppg this season. That looks like a better bet now that she’s up to 34.5 ppg.