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Thunder news: Russell Westbrook favorite to win 2017-18 NBA MVP

For the 2016-17 NBA season, there were numerous outstanding individual performances. In an extremely tight race, Russell Westbrook won the Most Valuable Player award after averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists while leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the sixth spot in the Western Conference.

Heading into the new season, Westbrook has help again after the Thunder acquired Paul George for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. However, he remains the favorite to repeat as the league’s Most Valuable Player according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman:

While some thought James Harden should have won the award after averaging a near triple-double while leading the Houston Rockets to the second spot in the Western Conference, he is expected to be in the conversation again. Along with Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James will be in the discussion for the ultimate individual award.

The NBA is doing their part to make this the best season possible by combating their DNP (rest) problem. The league has started the season nearly two weeks earlier and has eliminated four games in five nights. This should allow these Most Valuable Player candidates to play at their optimal levels and ensure fans see their favorite superstars.