With 15 games remaining Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double this season at 31.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game. Those are video game stats, but not enough to get the Thunder guard a starting spot in the All-Star game and/or guarantee him the NBA MVP award.
The idea that a guy might average a triple-double for only the second time in NBA history and not win the MVP seems ludicrous, but that’s how good the group of James Harden, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard have been. Harden has arguably the best case as his numbers 28.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 11.2 assists per game are pretty close to Westbrook’s production, but doing so on a winning team.
Westbrook’s teammates Steven Adams and Enes Kanter (aka the appropriately named ‘Stache Bros) have strong feelings about their teammates MVP candidacy, praising their leader, hero, and King of the Prairie, promoting him for MVP honors in this hilarious one-minute clip.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) March 16, 2017
The NBA MVP vote will be one of the most intriguing in recent years and much more interesting than the NBA rookie of the year. While the top before mentioned group have been killing it this year the rookie class is one of the worst in a generation - to be fair injuries have played a large part in that.
NBA writer Tim Bontemps put together a poll from other members of the basketball media and these are his unscientific results:
Here's the complete results from my polling of 106 media members (not all MVP voters) for my column. As you can see, a clear edge for Harden pic.twitter.com/WNQ2LgFuFM
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 16, 2017
Regardless of the winner, there will be three others with legitimate sour grapes. Mind you, I suspect Kawhi would prefer not to win and have to make a speech, LeBron must have come to terms with not winning the MVP the year D-Rose won for not being LeBron.
If teammates have anything to do with the MVP winner, Westbrook has the lead solely based on the pitch by the Stache Brothers.
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