Let's start as clearly as possible, there are no other top choices for the 2017 Nba Mvp honors. If Russell Westbrook or James Harden isn't one of your all time favorite players, oh well. If he's not hanging up on a poster on your wall, it doesn't matter. No player out there has had a better season than these two guys.
There's no Lebron James argument to be made, no Kevin Durant and no Stephen Curry. These guys play with at least two other Superstars. What any of them do as far as I'm concern, it's a wash. In other words, nothing they do puts them above and beyond the rest of the other Superstars in the league. Especially, these two guys.
So, the question is, "Who you got?"
Change of Heart
In a blog post earlier this NBA season I wrote a blog entitled,Week 10: NBA Top 5 Players in the MVP Race, and I made a case against James Harden. I was a bigger fan of Russell Westbrook solely because of his consistency to average a triple double throughout the season, and he's still being consistent.
However, I will eat humble pie and admit that I was too hard on Harden. I should've been more open about his place in the MVP race. Instead, I gave an assessment more so on his past rather than his current season performance.
As a result, I've had a change of heart on my 2017 NBA MVP season pick...
Winning is All That Matters
Westbrook's performance can't be denied, and if he had help that resulted in his team being one of the top 3 seeds in the West, then no one, absolutely no one could deny his performance and MVP honors would have to be given to Westbrook. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
Instead, Westbrook is having the season of his life and will ultimately be a first round knock out...
On the other hand, there's Harden and the Rockets. If they were in the East, Lebron James would be in the shadow of James Harden--at least this season. Today, the Rockets have one more win over the Cavs. That would make them the number one seed in the East. A lot can be said about this and this alone!
In the end, Westbrook is putting up huge numbers, but his numbers don't translate to wins or winning. He's playing hero ball, and honestly I'm loving every dribble of it.
However, in the end, winning is all that matters!
Let History Reflect It
As we know, past players set a precedent. If you're not better than players of the past, individual and team awards will reflect that. It doesn't matter what your stats look like. Modern players will have better stats because of the changing of the rules.
Fans love high scoring games and the rules are designed to please the fans. As a result, the rules have an impact on stats which means stats can't always be depended on.
Westbrook at face value has the better stats, but when you look at offensive efficiency there's enough evidence to shift a good listener's position. The even more dominant fact is that Harden is putting numbers up in the win column.
So, although numbers don't historically proves who's better, wins do! As a result, let history reflect what matters, and that's winning games.
Harden for 2017 NBA MVP!!!