The Running for NBA MVP

CeAnna Allen

The NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award has been around for quite some time and is a huge goal for most of the players. The award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The current holder of this title is Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The race for MVP this year is super competitive with the level of skill every one of these players has. As of right now, these are the top runners:

JAMES HARDEN (Houston Rockets/point guard, shooting guard):
Harden was the runner-up in two of the past three seasons Harden set his team, the Houston Rockets, up with a tremendous opportunity to potentially “remove” the Golden State Warriors from first in the Western Conference playoff chase. Harden has been great all season, especially considering the Rockets game-winning streak. When Paul was out, Harden really stepped up more than before to lead the team with confidence. With Harden, Paul and Capela, Houston has been almost unstoppable. Harden is the frontrunner in the MVP race as of right now and I’m not sure if someone can bring him down.
31.3 points, 9.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds

LEBRON JAMES (Cleveland Cavaliers/power forward, small forward):
Rumors are spreading that this could be LeBron’s last year in a Cavaliers uniform but if that’s true, he’s not going out without a bang. His energy and effort going into All-Star weekend was turned up and was fun to watch. LeBron didn’t disappoint in LA, winning his third NBA All-Star MVP award. It’s no secret that LeBron is undeniably an amazing player so it is no surprise he is in the running.
26.5 points, 8.9 assists, 8.1 rebounds

KEVIN DURANT (Golden State Warriors/small forward):
Kevin Durant is a great player and many consider him their favorite. Durant got the finals MVP award last year while his team went away winning it all. The former Oklahoma City Thunder star, is now making his mark at Golden State and is doing a great job at it. Durant should have no problem fighting for the top MVP spot.
26.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists

STEPHEN CURRY (Golden State Warriors/point guard):
Curry is a favorite to many which is not surprising. Between his actual skill and knowledge of the game and his overall appearance with his family, Curry has became a family favorite of many. With help from Curry, Durant, Green and Thompson, the Warriors chances are looking great for this season. The fight for the top spot is on and there is no doubt that Curry can handle it.
26.6 points, 6.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds

RUSSELL WESTBROOK (Oklahoma City Thunder/point guard):
Westbrook and the Thunder hit a few rocks earlier this season as they were beginning to get comfortable with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony sharing leadership roles as well as Westbrook. Now that they’ve found their rhythm, they’ve won many more games compared to starting the season with a rocky 8-12 start. A big reason for this turn is Westbrook getting back to the way of playing that earned him the 2017 MVP. He’s not on the exact same pace but he’s definitely not far off.
25.4 points, 9.9 assists, 9.5 rebounds