The NBA regular season concludes this Wednesday and for most, the choice for who should win the MVP award is clear, for others not so much. This post is designed to discuss why each of the top 4 candidates deserve the award and perhaps aid you in your choice. Regardless of who you're rooting for, this tight battle for MVP is great for the game of basketball and the NBA. The MVP award will be announced on TNT on June 26th.
33.7 MIN | 2.0 3PM | 5.9 REB | 3.6 AST | 1.8 STL | 0.8 BLK | 25.8 PTS
San Antonio Spurs (61-19) - 2nd Western Conference | 2nd Overall
Kawhi Leonard has emerged as the Spurs top option both offensively and defensively, and has led a team with 7 new players to the roster to another 60+ win season. He increased his averages in the scoring department from 21.2 to 25.8 points all while shooting 48% from the field. Aside from the statistics, he's the Spurs go to offensive player and has to guard the other team's best. In addition to all of this, he's pushed the always successful spurs to another successful era, post-Duncan. Kawhi Leonard, out of the 4 candidates listed, is on the best team represented and is undoubtedly the best player [on the Spurs], and that is why he should be MVP.
37.8 MIN | 1.7 3PM | 8.6 REB | 8.7 AST | 1.2 STL | 0.6 BLK | 26.4 PTS
Cleveland Cavaliers (51-29) - 1st Eastern Conference | 4th Overall
You'd have to look over a decade in the past to find when LeBron James hasn't made a legitimate case for MVP. This season is no different, at age 32, LeBron has raised his level of play - so much so that he became the first player ever to raise his career averages, in Rebounds and Assists, at his age and time in the league. Not to mention he's shooting an absurd 54.5% from the field and when LeBron sits, the Cavs are a mediocre team at best. There's no denying that the Cavs need Lebron as much, if not more, than any other player on this list, which is why he's played 15,000 more minutes than Westbrook, Harden, and Leonard. LeBron never ceases to amaze and is a walking dynasty, he's the most needed player on a championship contender, and for those reasons he deserves MVP.
36.5 MIN | 3.2 3PM | 8.1 REB | 11.3 AST | 1.5 STL | 0.5 BLK | 29.3 PTS
Houston Rockets (54-26) - 3rd Western Conference | 3rd Overall
James Harden has led a potential championship contender in a tough western conference to the the third overall best record on a team which experts were predicting to have a sub-par season. Yet James Harden's play has charged the Rockets to a 50+ win season, where the offense is run through him [Having scored or assisted on 56% of all of Houston's points this season, the most in 40 years] and his defense has taken a drastic step forward. James Harden leads the league in assists and double-doubles, second in scoring, 21 Triple doubles on the season, and the only player in league history to score 2000 points and assist on 2000 points. James Harden has been nothing short of sensational, has had a historic season and looks primed for a deep playoff run with the Rockets, that's why James Harden deserves the MVP.
34.8 MIN | 2.5 3PM | 10.7 REB | 10.4 AST | 1.7 STL | 0.4 BLK | 31.9 PTS
Oklahoma City Thunder (46-34) - 6th Western Conference | 10th Overall
Russell Westbrook's season has been nothing short of historic, iconic, and memorable. The first player to average a Triple Double since Oscar Robertson (1961-1962) and the player with the most Triple Doubles in league history. Conversely, these Triple doubles aren't just a stat, they are a almost a cash in on a victory, the Thunder are (33-9) when Westbrook records a Triple double. In addition to this, Westbrook is playing on the only team to lose an MVP candidate (Kevin Durant) and was left in the dust to carry the load on a mediocre Thunder roster. Time and time again, Westbrook came up big for the Thunder hitting the most clutch shots (game-tying/winning) in the league, had he missed these shots the team would probably stand at about (33-47) and out of the playoff picture. Westbrook has defied all odds against his team and played out of this world this season, and that is why Westbrook - who is the MVP in the eyes of most - deserves the MVP.
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