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? These are all questions that should be answered when considering an MVP.
This season's MVP race is beginning to heat up. As we hit the one month mark of the season, here are the 10 players in the race for the MVP award - 1 being the best player thus far, this season.
10. G Demar Derozan, Toronto Raptors
9. G Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
8. F Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
7. G Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
6. F Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
5. G James Harden, Houston Rockets
James Harden leads the league in assists, fourth in points, fourth in minutes played and second in efficiency. With a road heavy schedule so far, Harden has led the Rockets to an (8-5) record and they currently sit at 5th in the Western Conference Standings. The offense runs through "The Beard" and it shows no signs of slowing down.
4. F Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are on a 7 game win-streak and are showing no signs of slowing down. Sitting in 2nd in the west at (11-2), the team has gotten big contributions from KD. Kevin Durant has blended well with the team as he's averaging an efficient 57.2% field goal percentage while pouring in 27.9 points a game. Look for this trend of hot shooting to continue as the Warriors continue to improve their chemistry.
3. G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook is now averaging a double double (nearly a triple double) with 31.6 points 10.4 assists and 9.7 rebounds. He posted his 5 triple double of the season on Sunday 11/20 against the Indiana Pacers and is just tearing the stat sheet apart night in and night out. Oklahoma City is currently in 6th in the Western Conference with an (8-6) record.
2. F LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James is averaging a "quiet" 23.2 point, 9.0 assists, and 8.4 rebounds a game. And by quiet I mean that the other players on this list are currently drawing more attention to themselves. However, Lebron has the Cavs at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a (10-2) record. With one of the team's losses coming when LeBron sat out, for rest, versus a currently sub-par Indiana Pacers team.
1. G Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul orchestrates the offense for the Clippers and has them looking down on their competition with the league's best record of (12-2). He's leading his team in assists and steals and is a tenth of a point behind Blake Griffin in efficiency. Some could argue that Blake Griffin can easily be at this spot, however Griffin doesn't get his looks without Paul. Chris Paul has been the best player on the best team so far this season.
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