In one of the closest MVP races in recent NBA history, everyone seemingly is making a case for their guy for the award.
If we might make someone MVP because they have hit a random combo of numbers then why not this random combo? https://t.co/HnAEvNHTfo
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) March 18, 2017
Morey is a numbers guy, successfully utilizing his “Moreyball” approach to revolutionize the Rockets and in turn, the NBA as well. So when he talks numbers, people are usually well to listen.
He’s of course referencing in the tweet the fascination over the amount of triple-doubles Westbrook has. Russ is likely to finish the season averaging a triple-double, which hasn’t been done in 55 years. To someone like Morey, a triple-double is essentially meaningless and not something he cares as much about.
Harden is putting up numbers out of this world similarly to Westbrook. He just hasn’t amounted as many triple-doubles. He’s still been more efficient in other ways and has the Rockets sitting with a better record than the Thunder. It does feel like Harden is the front-runner right now because of this, but there is still time for Russ to make another late push.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If history is any indicator, Harden has the upper hand because of his team’s record. But the historical nature of Russ’ numbers give him a strong case as well. If it were up to Morey, the meaningless nature of what qualifies as a triple-double would be valued much less and Harden may be considered the clear-cut winner.