NBA MVP debate

Andy Blair, Staff Reporter

As the NBA regular season comes to an end and the playoffs are right around the corner, the announcement of the MVP award is coming up.

The list of candidates this year features 4-time MVP Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, 2-time all-star Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and the 2-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry.

While the competition is stiff, there are two players that stand out and are considered the frontrunners for the award. These players are James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Both players have had historic seasons with their teams. James Harden has had a career high 22 triple-doubles this season while averaging 29.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, and 11.2 apg. Russell Westbrook is the second player to ever average a triple-double for an entire season and broke the NBA record for triple doubles in a season notching in 42 in the 82 game season. Westbrook averaged 31.6 ppg , 10.7 rpg and 10.4 apg.

Sports analysts can’t seem to come to an agreement on who should win the award. Some believe it should go to Harden as his team has a superior record for the season. Harden himself believes that too.

“I think it’s the most important thing, I thought that’s what this was all about,” Harden said when asked on whether he believes he should win the award.

Others believe it should go to westbrook as he has had such a historical year. Some think there should be a Co-MVP award instead.

While both Harden and Westbrook have had outstanding seasons, I personally believe that Westbrook should win the MVP. He has broken several records and has pushed an otherwise mediocre roster into the playoffs. Westbrook has been the most valuable to his team this year and deserves the award that goes with that.