It’s a Toss Up
The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) season is coming to a close, which means the MVP race is close to an end. This year’s MVP race is between two stars of the NBA – Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.
Some people believe LeBron James should be in this conversation also, because he is the still the best player in the NBA. The other wild card candidate would be Kawhi Leonard, the best two way player in the NBA currently. In his career, Leonard has more steals than fouls.
Harden, the first candidate in the MVP race, is currently the leader on the third best team in the NBA. He is also leading the league in assists with 11.2 per game. Harden is also second in scoring with 29.2 points per game. The Rockets would not be the same without Harden on their team.
Two-time MVP Steph Curry is in favor of Harden being the MVP due to his team having a better record.
“You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise,” Steph Curry said. “That’s just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James (Harden) will probably edge (Russell Westbrook) out just off of that.”
The reason this can’t be the only measure for MVP this season, however, is because Westbrook doesn’t have as good of a team around him as Harden does.
The Rockets have seven players who average double-digits, versus the Thunder, who have only four players who are averaging double-digits. And most importantly, Westbrook just broke a record that has stood since Oscar Robertson did it in 1962. This past Sunday, Westbrook notched his 42nd triple double and eclipsed the record set by Robertson, and he is averaging a triple-double on the season.
His stat line is 31.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. He is leading his team in each of those statistics plus steals. He is also carrying his team, who lost a top five player in the league this offseason in Kevin Durant, to the playoffs.
“I think he would be cheated,” said Jason Kidd when asked what he thought if Westbrook didn’t win the MVP. “He has to be a part of that equation.”
Both of these players have had a great season, and both deserve the MVP award.
Who will be taking home the award this season?
Here’s hoping Houston can get some love for the hometown guy.