Forget about the triple-double. The player James Harden was in the regular season provided more value to his team than anyone else. That makes him MVP.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Look, averaging a triple-double is remarkable, and Russell Westbrook should be commended. But is it MVP worthy? Not quite. And we’ll tell you why.
LeBron James is the best player in basketball, and that’s still impossible to dispute. But for various reasons, he’s not the most valuable. Not this year.
If we’re looking to assign a moral high ground in the Durant, Westbrook feud, it probably goes to Russ. But on the court? KD is undoubtedly superior.
James Harden was a superstar waiting to happen surrounded by two players who already were. C.J. McCollum may be on a similar path in Portland.
Rumor has it the Atlanta Hawks are considering moving their superstar, Paul Millsap. So, what could some of the potential trades look like?
A return to the Lakers isn’t in the cards and Houston looks awfully tempting, but Dwight Howard decides to head to Golden State. Then what?
Are we entering a time in which Sacramento is willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins? Just in case, we break down every team’s chances of acquiring the big man.
With Russell Westbrook, the Thunder are always going to be entertaining. But there’s no shooting, no Durant, and lots of lost length between KD and Ibaka.
The super team of all super teams has arrived. Everything is in play for the Warriors this season. 200 points in a game? Maybe. 82-0? Well, why rule it out?
Make no mistake, Kevin Durant is joining Steph Curry’s team. But whether or not he takes a backseat doesn’t change the fact that he’s an incredible player.
Westbrook had 18 triple-doubles last year. He rebounds & passes like a madman. Still, his shot selection remains bad. Sometimes, he just needs to slow down.
Kawhi Leonard’s defense is second to nobody, and he is afraid of no man on the court. So as we start to split hairs, what keeps him out of the Top 5?
The defensive and rebounding ability of Steven Adams cannot be overstated, but his work on offense has some way to go. Still, his value is only improving.
As our Top 50 list rolls along, we reach Avery Bradley. It used to be all defense, all the time for him. But now you’ve got to plan for his offense as well.
Jackson is the best finishing PG in the league. Plus, a danger on the pick-and-roll. But his shot still needs work and he’s limited without the ball.
There’s a word we use to describe players like Serge Ibaka: unicorn. That’s what he is, but for all the stuff he does well, a few question marks remain.