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Who will be the NBA’s MVP?
December 16, 2016
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s star point guard Russell Westbrook is coming into the season with a feeling of vengeance in his chest.
Over the summer, Westbrook’s superstar teammate, Kevin Durant, left the team. After the two took their team to the Western Conference Finals, Durant packed his bags and took his talent to Golden State Warriors.
With Durant, Westbrook had a standout season and was considered a top point guard in the NBA. His stat line last season was outstanding, averaging 23 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds per game. Now missing Durant, Westbrook has to step up and perform at an even higher level.
One might ask how Westbrook, already considered a top point guard in the league, is going to do this. Well, Russ being Russ, he has risen to the occasion and has consistently outshined his competition this year.
At the 19th game of the season, Westbrook was averaging a triple double with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. That’s basically unheard of. Westbrook is the first player to average a triple double through November since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62. Robertson was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players ever and was voted Player Of The Century. In only 19 games Westbrook is playing at the status of a NBA legend.
For those who don’t know, a triple-double is when a player hits double digit numbers in three statistical categories. NBA players get lucky to get 2 in a year. He has nine triple-doubles this season, accounting for over half of the league’s total. Keep in mind, Westbrook is executing at this elite level with little help.
Westbrook’s performance in all categories proves he has the best all around game in the NBA. No other players in the league are producing statistics as nice as his. That’s what being an MVP is about: you have to be able to dominate in every aspect of the game. His persistence, relentlessness and focus every night is unmatched.
Kevin Durant’s traitor move to the Warriors unleashed a beast in Westbrook. Westbrook is more motivated than any point in his career. It’s not just to show the world he doesn’t need Kevin Durant; more importantly, the kid wants a championship ring.
Its his time to shine, and no one is stopping him. In any circumstance, Westbrook will prevail.That’s what makes him so great.
One man standing at almost 7 feet tall. One unruly unibrow. The only NBA player capable of winning MVP this season. This all describes power forward Anthony Davis.
Pure talent runs through his veins. Back in college, he proved to the nation why he deserved to step onto the court. During his freshman year, he started all 40 of the University of Kentucky’s basketball games. He surprised fans as he dropped about 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds per game. These performances led to Davis winning the Final Four Most Outstanding Player and National Player of the Year awards.
Anyone could see the potential that young Davis possessed, and after his freshmen year, he entered the NBA. New Orleans, then called the Hornets, picked the teenager first overall, and head coach Monty Williams took him under his wing.
As a professional basketball player, Davis began to shine brighter than ever before. As a rookie, he started in 60 of the 64 games he played. The 19-year-old played about 29 minutes and scored about 14 points per game.
Davis has proven to be an influential teammate in this year’s season as well. In October, he scored 50 points against the Denver Nuggets. On ESPN, the commentators compared his offensive success to that of the 2008 NBA MVP Kobe Bryant.
Against powerhouse Golden State, Davis scored 15 more points than 2014 MVP Kevin Durant. It seems as though no team or individual can stop him from standing in the spotlight, and there’s no way he will step down from his high pedestal, no matter how tough his competition may be.
Davis is the New Orleans Pelicans. He leads the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game, making him one of the most important aspects, offensively and defensively, of the Pelicans. The 23 year old also leads the entire NBA in scoring, averaging about 32 points per game. A qualified MVP should not only be a leader of their team but a leader in the league itself. His impact can be felt on the team and against his opponents.
During every game, Davis brings the H.E.A.T. Hustle. Effort. Attitude and toughness. With a combination of talent and hard work, he is definitely one of the best players in the league right now. His willingness to give his all is enough to award him this season’s MVP.
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