tMost valuable player, not most entertaining player, not best offensive player, not most ball centric player on a bad team, most valuable player is the award, so why do people never agree with giving the award to the man that deserves it most. As an NBA fan, every year for the past 7 years you were able to look at the eastern conference knowing Lebron's team would be the conference champions before any games had even been played. It's a foregone conclusion before every season, that's something that's never been done besides for the Bill Russell Celtics, and back then their was only like 8 teams. Lebron James is by far the best player on planet earth and this season in particular has been one his best, so why can't we give him the award that should just be named after him at this point.
Sure Westbrook might be averaging a triple double and James Harden accounts for half of his teams scoring, but what they do doesn't even compare to Lebron's greatness. Harden and Westbrook are both on pace to shatter the record for most turnovers ever, how can you win MVP not only leading the league in that stat, but leading everyone else who has ever played an NBA season. Lebron has very similar stats to the two of them, he's more than capable of putting up those numbers too if he didn't have two other stars on his team. Obviously Lebron doesn't need to put up triple doubles when there's players around him that he makes better that can produce at a much higher rate than they normally would. Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, and J.R. smith were all becoming afterthoughts in the league before Lebron, and now they're all contributing on a championship team.
Lebron is also playing far more efficient than Westbrook and Harden. Lebron's field goal percentage is 10 points higher than Harden and 12 points higher than Westbrook. Also, Lebron has a higher 3pt percentage than both of them, so clearly Lebron is the more efficient scorer. He's just the all around more efficient player, gets a ton of assists and doesn't turn the ball over at a record breaking clip like Harden and Westbrook. Cavaliers also have a better record than the Thunder, not saying that's all in part to Lebron, however the last MVP to not win 50 games was Moses Malone in 1982. Harden and James will get to 50, but Westbrook certainly will not. Therefore, in my opinion eliminating him, along with the fact he's a turnover machine. Harden is a turnover machine that barely plays defense and isn't nearly as efficient as Lebron, hence the reason why I think Lebron is the clear choice for MVP.
Unfortunately the NBA doesn't base the award off the facts, they base it off whose numbers look the prettiest, and essentially whoever is having the best year besides Lebron James. How is it fair that we punish Lebron for being consistently unbelievable, so he just can't win the award because he's too good. Makes a lot of sense NBA writers, keep up the horrible work!
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