All season, the race for the MVP award has primarily involved Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Both players are having sensational seasons and each have their own merits as to why they deserve the award.
Westbrook is leading the league in scoring and is averaging a triple-double with averages of 31.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.3 assists. If he maintains those averages, he will become the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season. Harden is also playing exceptionally well and is averaging 28.9 points and a league-leading 11.3 assists.
Harden’s Rockets though, are doing much better than the Thunder as Houston is third in the West while Oklahoma City is seventh. Because of this, Warriors superstar and two-time MVP winner Stephen Curry said on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday that he would select Harden over Westbrook for the award. Unsurprisingly, Westbrook doesn’t care what Curry thinks.
Asked about Curry’s MVP choice at the Thunder’s shootaround in Toronto on Thursday, Westbrook had this to say:
“I don’t care,” Westbrook said. “It don’t matter what he say. Who is he?”
Westbrook of course knows who Curry is. But Westbrook is also quite right.
Curry is not voting for the MVP so his thoughts and feelings about who should win the award has no bearing on the actual results. Those are just the facts which Westbrook, true to form, so brashly put it.