I am TIRED of these debates on who should be the NBA MVP for the 2016-2017 season. It’s ridiculous, it’s a travesty, and by all means it’s pretty disgraceful to the likes of Russell Westbrook and what he did this season.
For those of you who may not know, “The Big O” Oscar Robertson set a triple-double record of 41 in a single season that has lasted for roughly 55 years. Then, along came Russ, who decided to show the world he doesn’t need KD, and put up 42. With that, he ended the season with the most triple-dubs EVER in a single season, while AVERAGING a triple-dub with 31.9 ppg, 10.4 apg, and 10.7 rpg
But some would say; “Is that it? Is that all?”
Granted, I agree that there should be more to an MVP resumé than just a single statistic; but to just shrug off an amazing feat such as this is highly illogical to say the least.
Not only are his statistical feats astounding, but the team that he is currently on makes his case for MVP even stronger.
For one, OKC would be GARBAGE without Russ. They would be nowhere near the playoffs, much less contending for a playoff spot. They would be on the outside, looking in, and would already be sitting at home waiting for the draft.
But the Rockets, on the other hand, would still be relatively good without Harden. With the landscape of the Western Conference, the Rockets would still easily be a 8th seed, if not a boarder line playoff contender.
The Rockets also had a much more well-rounded squad to use compared to the Thunder. In Houston, there were about five other players not named James Harden who were able to average double-digit points per game (even though Lou Williams only played 23 games this season during his tenure in Texas.)
And when you compare that to the Thunder, you will only find three other players that averaged double digit points. OKC does not have a stable core to work with, and Russ had to do everything in order to make this team succeed. He lead the team in scoring, distributed the ball in order to make his team better, and even played bigger than his height by leading his team in boards.
So don’t try to tell me that Harden had a more successful season than Westbrook. Don’t try to tell me that he is the MVP. Any way you spin it, he was not the best player this year.