For the most part, the MVP award is won by the best player on a team with the best or one of the best regular-season records. However, there were a few exceptions, especially if a player is putting up ridiculous numbers or doing some historical things that simply can’t be overlooked. This season, the leading candidate to win the MVP award is Nikola Jokic, but a few other players are making a solid case to be considered for the award based on their performances this season.
One of them is, without a doubt, Steph Curry, who is having another MVP caliber season if you look at his stats. But, on the other hand, the Warriors are currently sitting on the 8th spot in the western conference, which doesn’t look good for Curry when it comes to having the best chances to win the MVP award.
Curry’s partner in crime Draymond Green recently spoke to Athletic about Curry’s chances of winning the MVP award and recalled when Russell Westbrook did it in the 2016/17 season. When Kevin Durant left OKC, that didn’t stop Westbrook from carrying the team to the playoffs averaging triple-double for the first time in his career and after Oscar Robertson did it in the ’60s. He won the MVP award after a historic season even though OKC finished 6th in the western conference.
“If I’m not mistaken, Russell Westbrook won MVP [in 2016-17] and they were the seventh or eighth seed. There’s no rule that says you can’t be an eighth seed and win the MVP because Russ has done it.”Draymond Green, via The Athletic
Draymond said he was fascinated by Westbrook’s accomplishment that season and believes he definitely deserved it even though that OKC squad wasn’t particularly good. That in itself speaks volumes when discussing the impact Westbrook had on that team which is the perfect epitome of an MVP.
“I had no problem with him winning the MVP because I actually thought he f–king deserved it.That OKC team he was on was horses–t. Complete horses–t. And he carried that team to the playoffs while going out and averaging a triple-double, completely destroying every team that he played against. “I thought he deserved to be the MVP. Why? Because he was so valuable to that team that he got that team to the playoffs while averaging a triple-double. You’re damn right he deserved to be the MVP.”Draymond Green, via The Athletic
Interestingly enough, ever since that MVP season Russell Westbrook is being equally dominant and now finishing up his fourth season, averaging a triple-double which is historic by any means. However, when it comes to Stephen Curry, he is the leading scorer in the NBA, putting up career numbers and showcasing he is still one of the best players in the league. If it weren’t for him, the Warriors would probably be one of the worst teams in the league, and now they still have a legitimate chance for the playoffs.
For the most part, the MVP players belong on a top 3 team in their respective conference, but exceptions are possible. However, it seems Nikola Jokic will take the MVP trophy this season, and rightfully so because he proved his impact on the Nuggets is equally as crucial as Curry’s or Westbrook’s.