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.
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 8.
10. G Demar Derozan, Toronto Raptors
9. C Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
8. G Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
7. G Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
6. G Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
5. F Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Averages: 24.7 PTS | 6.0 REB |2.0 STL | 46.8 FG% |
Kawhi has 7 30-point games so far this season, and prior to that he only had 4 in his entire career. Leonard is, without a doubt, the leader for the San Antonio Spurs (19-5) and currently has them at both 2nd in the western conference and overall NBA standings. The Spurs sit 1.5 games back from the Warriors from the number one seed.
4. F LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Averages: 25.0 PTS | 9.1 AST | 7.7 REB | 1.3 STL
We are all witnesses to his greatness. LeBron became the first player in NBA history with 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 7,000 assists. LeBron continues to amaze and is putting up great averages this season too. LeBron has the Cavs at the top of the east with a (17-5) record. All while NBA fans take his greatness for granted.
3. F Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Averages: 25.8 PTS | 8.4 REB | 4.6 AST | 1.6 BLK
Kevin Durant has raised his averages in the rebounds and blocks column this year all while maintaining great numbers in the points and assists area of the stat sheet. With thin help in the frontcourt in Golden State, KD has had to step up in the defensive end averaging 1.6 Blks, as a result this has helped the Warriors lead the league in blocks. KD has led the Warriors to a league best (21-4) record.
2. G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Averages: 31.1 PTS | 11.0 AST | 10.9 REB | 1.4 STL
Westbrook is having one of the most statistically absurd seasons of all time. Averaging the first triple double since Oscar "The Big O" Robinson, Westbrook is straight filling up the stat sheet every time he takes the court. Westbrook would be number one if he had the Thunder higher in the standings. The Thunder (15-9) are currently 6th in the western conference.
1. G James Harden, Houston Rockets
Averages: 27.8 PTS | 11.6 AST | 7.6 REB | 1.5 STL | 2.9 3PM
James Harden leads the league in assists and is tied for 5th in scoring with Damian Lillard. Harden's putting up career numbers this season, but what's more impressive is how he's led the Rockets to a (17-7) record and tied for 3rd with the Los Angeles Clippers in the tough Western Conference. Some of the 17 wins have come against top-tier, quality teams such as: Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, Blazers, and Celtics.
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