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The 16-17 MVP Race

Discussion in 'Around The NBA' started by blommen, Dec 17, 2016.

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Who is the MVP of the season so far?

  1. James Harden

    14 vote(s)
    22.2%
  2. Russell Westbrook

    23 vote(s)
    36.5%
  3. LeBron James

    25 vote(s)
    39.7%
  4. Kevin Durant

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Kawhi Leonard

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  6. Other (specify in thread)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. K1rieIrving>AllOtherPG's

    K1rieIrving>AllOtherPG's NBA Starter

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    Lower seed, Hard to see him carrying his team to a 4th seed with so many good teams in the West.

    Also efficiency, Harden is more efficient from the field/3PT, the only edge Westbrook has on him is that he's averaging two more rebounds, but Harden is averaging 30-8-12 which is just as crazy really.
     
  2. rabman_gold

    rabman_gold It's Life - Go Cavs! FL has worn out its welcome

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    1. Russell Westbrook
      • The present day Oscar Robertson
      • As the sole star, 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists
    2. James Harden
      • A superstar thriving off of "the D'Antoni Effect", like Steve Nash
      • Now a point guard with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists
    3. Kevin Durant
      • Best player on the best team, but since the other guys are putting up similar numbers, hard to justify
      • 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks
    4. Kawhi Leonard
      • Considered the sole star/leader of the team on both sides of the ball
      • 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
    5. LeBron James
      • Best player on the best team in the Eastern Conference; has already won MVP 4 times throughout his prime
      • 26 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists
      • Big difference in the team when he doesn't play (or when he sits on the bench for his break)

    No question, all of these guys could be deserving of MVP, but the voters don't usually give the award to the same guy, even if he deserves it the most. LeBron's already won 4. Durant has 1, his teammate Curry just won the last 2. That leaves the 2 point guards with crazy numbers. As long as either of them can get a respectable record in the Regular Season, it's theirs to lose.

    FWIW, Wilt and Oscar put up insane numbers in the early 60s, but it was Bill Russell who dominated the MVP Award early on. But that was in a small league back then, where losing games stood out for more.
     
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  3. The Wizard of Moz

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    I don't think Durant is in any way deserving of the MVP

    The team is arguably worse than last year
     
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