Now that the NBA regular season is over, we can reflect on who the best player was this year. This is one of those rare years that there is no definitive answer. The answer will depend on who is being asked the question. This year’s NBA MVP race is much like the playoff race…coming down to the last night of the season.
NBA MVP Race
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The league MVP award is decided by a panel of media members. Each of those media members have their own criteria in deciding who is the best player in the league. You can give your vote to the best basketball player in the world, which I think is indisputably LeBron James. You can give your vote to the player that meant the most to his team this year which could be several, if not all candidates. You could give your vote to the guy who did the most with less. You could also give your vote to whomever the numbers say is best.

This year the race is as wide open as I can ever remember it. There are four to five guys with legitimate arguments as to why they are the NBA’s Most Valuable Player this year. Russell Westbrook led the league in scoring this year but also led the league in turnovers, not to mention his team missed the playoffs. Steph Curry finished 8th in scoring but his team had their best ever record finishing 67-15, 8 games better than their previous franchise high. James Harden finished 2nd in scoring and his team grabbed the 2 seed in the west on the final night of the regular season. LeBron James was his typical self doing any and everything his team needed him to. He finished 4th in scoring and 8th in assists. Then you also have the new kid on the block who should get some kind of honorable mention, Anthony Davis. He finished 5th in scoring, 1st in blocks, 11th in rebounds and got his team into the playoffs on the last night of the regular season. He also did all of that while only being 22 years of age.

So who is the favorite? Again, that will depend on who you ask. I have heard solid cases for Curry, Harden, LeBron, Westbrook and Davis by different NBA pundits. With 120 plus members of the media getting a vote on the NBA MVP, there is sure to be a lot of different opinions floating around. Some may be influenced by who they saw in person the most times. While others may be influenced by a feel good story. And then there are some who will say LeBron James is the best player in the world…he is the MVP. It appears that Steph Curry is the favorite as the regular season has come to a close, with James Harden a close 2nd.

So now for the question I know all of you are wondering…Hey Brandon, who ya got? I must admit I have been sold on Steph Curry all year. He is the purest shooter the league has seen in quite some time and has led his team, under a new head coach, to their best record ever and the leagues best record this season. So my choice for the 2014-2015 NBA MVP is…
James Harden
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Not so fast folks. While I love the way Steph plays the game, and I agree LeBron is the best player in the world, James Harden got my vote on the last night of the season when he put up a triple double to secure the 2 seed in the West for his Rockets. Houston has been making a run as of late and James Harden does not have the supporting cast that Steph Curry or LeBron James does. The next leading scorer on the Rockets is Dwight Howard but he only played 41 games this year. That’s right, only half of the season and James Harden still carried them to the 2 seed. Harden’s numbers support that of MVP status as well…2nd in scoring, 8th in assists, 5th in steals and he played in all but 1 game for the Rockets this year. While the choice is not exactly clear, my choice is James Harden for Most Valuable Player.

 

Brandon covers the NBA for MyFantasySportsTalk.Com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid

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