NBA MVP Race

NBA MVP Race

After four somewhat boring seasons where we all knew either Lebron or Kevin Durant where going to win the MVP award, it’s refreshing to have a season where it’s in between three players and none of which are reigning Most Valuable Players.

 

James Harden: The front runner, for most of the season so far, is the Beard himself. James Harden. Currently leading the NBA in PPG with an average of 27.2. Harden leads the NBA and most 40 point games and is carrying his team night in and night out. His Rockets are currently 3rd in the playoff bracket for the Western Conference and a high favorite to contend for a title this year. With injuries to Dwight Howard and changes in rotation amongst trades, Harden has taken over the NBA in scoring. The only case that could be made against him is his questionable defense. But maybe he should just get the award for that beard. Maybe the MVB. Most Valuable Beard.

 

Stephen Curry: Talk about taking the league by storm. Just a few years ago, no one really knew who the skinny point guard for the Warriors was. Yeah, he was a first round pick, yeah he played D1, and yeah sure he’s been averaging and respectful 18 PPG for most of career. But in the last few years he’s blown up. Curry is one of the most popular players in the league and for good reasons. Reigning three-point contest champion, this guy can make it rain. After setting the record for three pointers in a season a few years ago, everyone began to realize “damn this guy can shoot” said by Indian River High School senior Connor Hajdasz. With his Warriors leading the Eastern Conference at number 1. Curry and the Warriors are a favorite in the East to take home the title, and perhaps Curry will take home the MVP at the same time.


Russell Westbrook: Probably the person with the most to prove on this list, Westbrook. With spending his career in Kevin Durant’s shadow, having to watch him win the MVP last year, always being the Robin to his Batman…Westbrook is hungry. Being one of the most powerful and unguardable point guards in the league since he came in as a rookie, Russell certainly knows how to score. And with teammate Kevin Durant missing several games, spread throughout the season, due to injury, he’s making the most of it. Not only his scoring, but Westbrook is passing the ball and rebounding with some of the best Forwards in the league. Averaging 26.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 8.1 APG, the only thing that could be held against him and he MVp campaign is the Thunder’s record. Usually sitting high and proud at number 1 or 2, the Thunder are fighting each night in hopes of getting into the playoffs as a final seed.