Russell Westbrook and James Harden are having two of the most impressive seasons in NBA history, and you're telling me we have to only pick one of them for the MVP? Impossible if you ask me, and apparently, if you ask one of the greatest players in NBA's history, Kobe Bryant.
"It’s tough, man. It doesn’t make sense to me, hard to come up with a rational decision of who should be MVP, so it’s tough. You might see our first co-MVPs this year.”
We have Russell Westbrook who is averaging over 31 points and a triple-double per game, while James Harden is as close to 30 points a game as you can get with 8 boards and 11 assists, and while Harden's Rockets are sitting in 3rd place in the Western Conference, and Westbrook's Thunder are a few spots behind in 6th. I know in recent years we have seen a large part of the MVP race based off of the success of the team, but I think we can all agree the Rockets are truly a better all-around team than the Thunder, and while neither team is soaring or struggling, we can directly contribute the overall achievements of these teams to these two players.
Both of these guys have been making history all season, and it seems like every week there is another accomplishment worth making note of. Russell Westbrook is within reaching distance of the single seasonTriple-Double record, and James Harden just became the first player to score and assist on 2,000 points. Not only are these individual records impressive, but this NBA season is the first to ever feature two-players record at least 20 Triple-Doubles.
There are going to be arguments from the fans of both of these superstars as to which one is more deserving, but I genuinely feel the best case scenario is to make these two studs Co-MVP's. To make it even better, these two are actually very great friends, and I can absolutely bet that they would rather share the award, than lose it, AGAIN. Both of them can make arguments that they were robbed of the award in the last two seasons for that softy-Curry, who only got the award because of his team's success. And you won't convince me otherwise.
Yes, Co-MVP's have never been done before, and this is certainly an unorthodox move, but if there has ever been a year in recent memory that deserves to break the mold, it's this one. The writers need to get this one right, which I doubt they will, but I would truly love to see this move happen.
From triple-doubles, to 50-point games and game-winners, these two have done everything possible to carry their teams, and no matter who the award goes to, I hope their individual seasons are not forgotten.