The NBA's MVP trophy is one of the most elusive and prestigious awards a NBA player can receive. So much so that over the last 20 seasons, there has only been 13 different players (out of a maximum of 450 NBA players) to win the Maurice Podoloff trophy, [named after the first commissioner of the NBA]. To view the list of all the MVP's in NBA History click here.
The NBA MVP is selected by a group of sportswriters that cast a vote for first to fifth place selections at the end of the season. A lot of factors take part in the voting of an MVP - How well is that player's team performing? How important is that player to the team and the team's success? How well is the individual player performing? And How many games did the player actually play?
So far the NBA season's MVP race has been a tight one. Here are the 10 players in the race for the MVP award coming into week 12.
10. G Demar Derozan, Toronto Raptors
9. G Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
8. G Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
7. G Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
6. F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
5. F LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Averages: 26.2 PTS | 8.3 AST | 7.9 REB | 1.4 STL
LeBron has the Cleveland Cavaliers atop of the Eastern Conference with a (28-8) record. This is the quietest and most taken-for-granted 26-8-7 any player has ever averaged. So much so that I ranked him at 5 in this MVP race. Also LeBron hit the three ball well in December, making 40% of his attempts.
4. F Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Averages: 23.9 PTS | 5.8 REB | 3.1 AST | 1.9 STL
Kawhi Leonard has been ballin' this season as he has led the San Antonio Spurs to the second best record in the league at (30-7). Now his stat line above isn't all that eye popping like the rest of the guys on this list but he is arguably one of the most efficient players in the league. Leonard is averaging 46.8% from the field, 40.1% from 3, and 91.6% from the charity stripe.
3. F Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Averages: 25.9 PTS | 8.7 REB | 4.7 AST | 1.7 BLK
Kevin Durant is undoubtedly the leader of this Golden State Warriors team. He's led the team to a league best (32-6) record. Many thought KD's numbers were going to take a dip after leaving OKC, but he's performing up to par, all while raising averages in rebounds and blocks and maintaining his efficiency. KD is shooting 53.6% from the field.
2. G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Averages: 31.4 PTS | 10.3 AST | 10.6 REB | 1.2 STL
Westbrook is doing it all in Oklahoma City. He's pushed the Thunder to the 7th best record in the West at (22-16). He's having an extra-ordinary season but in order to be considered for MVP the team needs to be more successful. Furthermore, it doesn't get easier for Westbrook, as the Thunder only have 2 home games in the month of January.
1. G James Harden, Houston Rockets
Averages: 28.2 PTS | 11.8 AST | 8.2 REB | 1.4 STL
To the surprise of the whole league, the Rockets have exceeded expectations and their success starts with James Harden. Harden is leading the league in assists and 3rd in scoring all of which has put the Rockets in 3rd place in the West with a (30-9) record.
My name is Aldemar and I created this blog to discuss topics about the NBA.
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