The Real MVP
Today is the day, the NBA returns. All of the speculations, what-ifs, and crazy scenarios can finally be proven to be fact or fiction.
One of the biggest debates each year is which player will be the MVP.
Last year, Russell Westbrook claimed that title with his ridiculous 42 triple-doubles. Many felt that his team was not good enough for him to have won.
Many people feel that the MVP should be the best player from the best team. While this is a valid argument, it may not always be the case.
What if you took it to mean what it literally says? What if it meant the player who meant the most to his team? Whether that team won a title or barely made the playoffs.
It is safe to say that Russell Westbrook is the reason the Thunder made the playoffs. So what about these potentially less successful teams?
Here are three players who should/could be the MVP this season if you take the award to mean exactly what its name implies:
3. Anthony Davis
The Pelicans have attempted to gain players that they could piece alongside their star big man. For the longest time, it was a struggle. They may have finally made some decent enough moves to make the team relevant and provide some floor space for Davis to showcase all of his skills. Remember, Davis is coming off of a year where he quietly put up 28 points and almost 12 rebounds per game. With those numbers, Davis wasn’t even able to crack the top-five in votes. He now has a passing point guard in Rajon Rondo who should be able to get him some more looks from different spots on the floor to really help him open up his game.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Greek Freak out of Milwaukee could be the most overlooked MVP candidate in the entire league. At times it seems that people forget Milwaukee even has a team, let alone a guy who averaged almost 23 points, 9 rebounds, and five assists per game. The Bucks have a solid group of guys who all know where their place on the team is and can play well together, but Giannis is the glue that makes this team even a thought in the Eastern Conference. If he doesn’t win the award this year, he will in the next two or three.
1. Kawhi Leonard
The guy who is most likely to win the award this year is Kawhi. Why? Because he is on a team that is still set to make the playoffs even in a stacked Western Conference but still doesn’t have the star power that other teams do. With teams like the Warriors, Thunder, and Rockets all gaining big name players, the likelihood of a great player from a less talented team is likely to win. This is where Kawhi comes in. He is one of the top five players in the NBA. He has a strong defensive game that a lot of scorers of his caliber don’t have. All of this points to what could be an easy vote for this season’s MVP.