It’s been a while since I dropped a sports blog, I talk about it a lot but my thoughts haven’t reached the laptop in a long time. So why not start again by talking about what everyone else is: Who should be the MVP? The fact that it’s such a big deal this year is great for the league and even better for the fans. But the discussion surrounding this debate, the prospect of there being two MVPs this year, is very a very harmful possibility.
Of course, it is hard for most to say that there is a clear cut candidate this year. James Harden is averaging 29.2 points per game, 8.1 rebounds, and 11.2 assists, and has lead his team to a very unexpected third spot in the western conference with a record of 53-25. A lot has to be attributed to what coach Mike D’Antoni has done to their offense, and to the players surrounding Harden. Nevertheless, he’s putting together an MVP worthy season and has proven how valuable he is to a franchise (the Rockets would see none of this success without him).
Russell Westbrook, on the other hand, is averaging 31.8 points per game, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. Obviously averaging a triple double, having a winning record with a lack-luster squad, and securing a spot amongst NBA legends is enough to win anyone an MVP award. What Russell’s done this season thus far is nothing short of amazing to say the very least.
So to say one guy deserves the honor easily over the other is blasphemy. But to give the award to both of them would be to defeat the purpose of the game. A lot of people, even biased fans, are saying that they wouldn’t mind, would even like it, if Harden and Westbrook would share the honor as co-MVPS for the season. But “MVP” stands for “Most Valuable Player“. This league is already being plagued with an uprising of non-competitiveness, in my humble opinion. Players are too close nowadays, rivalries are nonexistent, one of the top players in the world joins the fully loaded, 73-9 team that beat him in the finals the year before, to take the easy way to the championship, and now there are talks of two players sharing the MVP award?
Listen, I don’t want to see players bash each other’s heads in or for everybody in the league to hate each other, but what ever happened to wanting to be better than the other guy? What happened to wanting to beat the best as opposed to joining them? Sure, the stigma behind having a championship on the resume to validate a player’s career is stronger than ever. But wanting to be the best to do it is a forgotten mindset and lost art of passion.
Awarding two players an award meant for the single player who grinded the hardest all season would only foster the subtle lack of competitiveness in the league. I personally am a HUGE fan of Westbrook and hope with all my heart that he gets the MVP award. But I’d be happier if Harden won than if the league gave it to both of them. What’re your thoughts on this? Would this be beneficial to the league, hurt it, or neither? Sound off down below.