I know the popular pick is going to be Westbrook because of the insane amount of triple doubles he's had so far this year.
But Harden averaging 27.7 ppg, 11.9 apg, and 7.8 rpg while leading a team that was a disaster last year to a 24-9 record and 3 seed in the west. Plus i got him on my fantasy basketball team so there's a little bias going on too. But for real he stepped his f**king assist game up like crazy. And he got some triple doubles of his own this year.
Someone give me an argument against and besides Westbrook and Harden who else even in the discussion? Durant? That'd be about it. Glad Curry falling little bit back down to Earth this year. Lulz at him getting benched looking like a b***h with a towel over his face for Kyrie's game winner.
Pretty obvious, it's Lebron. But they'll makes some bulls**t argument and not give the best player on the planet. Jordan lost to Barkley and Malone and since then, the award lost all of its luster. Kobe lost to Steve Nash twice and Derrick Rose, lol. MVP in the NBA is a joke.
I think Shaqs first year on The Heat was the first year Nash won MVP. Lakers were garbage that year and Suns won 60 games. Only way a player on even a .500 team wins MVP in the NBA is if their stats are historical. Like averaging triple double or averaging 40 points per game historical.
I know Westbrook would probably receive all the first place votes if season ended today. Just wanted to show some love to Harden as he's elevated his game to a new level under D'Antoni. Got 6 triple doubles and was a rebound or two away from another 3 of them. Neither one of them have a Robin to their Batman either. Eric Gordon is finally healthy and has stepped his game up but he's still not a superstar caliber guy.
Yeah Nash's first MVP season was Shaq's first year in Miami, as well as Nash's first year in Phoenix. The Suns had the best record in the L that year, after having I think the 3rd worst record the year prior, without Nash. Meanwhile Shaq didnt even lead his team in scoring and wasnt even top 5 in the L in rebounding. I'm not saying a case couldnt be made for him to win the award that year, but Nash was def more than just the media darling. He put in some serious work that season.
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Back to my original point...making a valuable argument is stupid. Jordan was the best player, but the media got sick of giving him the award so they changed the rules. Now Derrick Rose has one. Lebron s**ts on Harden and Westbrook, but he's not even mentioned. It's a joke.
Nash was a pass first PG that led the league in assists and the first to average over 11 a game since John Stockton. Not to mention being the leader on the 4th biggest team turnaround in NBA history and spearheading the 2nd best offensive team in league history. But yeah he was just a media darling.
Anyways, I'm not gonna disagree that the MVP award has become somewhat suspect over the years. Especially considering Shaq and Kobe only have one a piece, wich is pretty ridiculous, but Nash deserved his first MVP award as far as I'm concerned. I don't know about the second one.
And if Westbrook makes history by averaging the trip dub this year, wich is a pretty remarkable feat to say the least, it wouldnt be that far fetched for him to take home the award.
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I still got him a notch ahead of Westbrook not only because of him putting up those historical numbers but he's also continuing to make those around him better. Plus they continue to win (won 15 of last 17 games). They haven't scored less than 100 points since November 21st. I know it's a small sample size but D'antoni and Harden together is one of the more perfect coach/player fits over the last few years.
Tied Wilt last night for most points scored in a triple double. And it was on the second night of back to backs. Dude is f**king balling. Was chucking up 3's from Currys range and hitting them. Glad it happened against the Knicks too lulz. Never been a fan of em even tho i live in their demo.
Westbrook had a triple double in the first half last night....
Did he really? That's f**king nuts. Lebron, KD, etc are all a distance third in the MVP race at this point. No one playing on the same level as these dudes. And to think Westbrook, Harden, and KD were on the same team a few years ago. Crazy. Did Thunder at least win the game? Obviously i can take 5 seconds to look but feeling lazy right now.