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The Real MVP

There is always much debate during the NBA regular season on who is deserving of the MVP award.  Even through all of the debate there still seems to be the same few players winning the award year after year.  We talk about it, but we don’t really analyze it.  I think there is time for a change in how we look at the award.  It is time for a new face to be the most valuable player of the NBA.

There are four names mentioned when it comes to who should win the award this year.  Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and of course, LeBron James.  Stephen Curry seems to be the person on everyone’s mind who is the favorite to win the award.   The reason for this is because he is putting up big numbers this year for one of the best teams in the NBA.  I personally don’t like this thinking.  When comparing the candidates it seems the only thing that people will talk about is that since Curry is on the team with the best record amongst the four, he is more deserving of the award. They are all putting up big numbers. They wouldn’t be considered for the award if they weren’t putting up big numbers.  But is Curry the most valuable to his team?

Everyone from the beginning of this season figured the Golden State Warriors to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference.  They haven’t really been hit by the injury bug all too much this year.  If Curry were to get hurt it wouldn’t be as big of a detriment to the team as if another player were to get hurt.

The person that I feel should win the NBA MVP this year is Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.  He has actually been putting up better per game averages in points, rebounds, and assists than the other three candidates.  Considering that Durant, who is last year’s MVP, has been injured off and on throughout the season so far and the Thunder fell out of the playoff race by a number of games while both Durant and Westbrook were out,  I feel that Westbrook is truly the most valuable player in NBA.  I do agree with the fact that the MVP should come from a team that is good enough to make the playoffs, but I don’t think it needs to be from one of the best teams. So if the Thunder end up not making the playoffs this is all a moot point.

The Oklahoma City Thunder would be worse off without Westbrook than most other teams in the league if their star was gone.   The one knock on Westbrook this year that I could agree with would be that he missed a number of games earlier in the year and he does not have a few body of work.

Westbrook is more valuable to his team then just about any other player in the league.  He is the definition of most valuable player.

 

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg is originally from Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a double major in Finance and Economics. Eric spends his time making tons of money on fantasy football.

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