Damian Lillard picks Russell Westbrook as MVP, but still open to having co-winners
The NBA MVP has always been awarded to individuals that had stellar seasons since it was first implemented in the 1955-56 season. This year’s race to the Maurice Podoloff Trophy has been so tight, that some have suggested it be awarded to two players.
The chance of that happening is unlikely, but Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard agrees. Front runners Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook all have strong cases to win the award, but there can only be one.
Lillard, speaking on ESPN’s Sportscenter, says he wouldn’t mind seeing Co-MVP’s, but if he had to choose, he would pick Westbrook due to his season of averaging a triple-double.
“If I had to say, I would agree with Kobe (Bryant) and say maybe co-MVPs between James (Harden) and Russ (Westbrook).”
“If I had to say one guy, I’m gonna have to go with Russ. That dude, he’s leaving it all out there every time, and I think he deserves it.”
Media votes are what determine the winner of the award, and the decision probably won’t be made until the very end of the season. Harden and Westbrook are leading the bunch, and one of the two will be presented the trophy when the time comes.
Unfortunately for Lillard, who believes he is also a candidate, the Blazers are too far behind in the standings to quantify a case for himself.