Russell Westbrook for MVP
Yeah, I know. It’s only 14 games into an 82-game season, but I’m already putting my vote in for Russell Westbrook in the MVP race. Simply put, there’s too much going for Westbrook to think that, barring injury, he’ll slow down at all. And speaking of injury, Russell Westbrook seems like just about the last person to get injured. He already plays at full speed and he hasn’t gotten injured doing all the daring things he does, so there’s no reason to think that he will.
But you might ask what his credentials are and especially how they could be so good so soon in the season to make me say something like this. Well, through 14 games, Westbrook is averaging 31.6 PPG, 10.4 APG, and 9.6 RPG. In other words, Russell Westbrook in 0.4 rebounds per game away from averaging a triple-double. To put that in perspective, the last, and only, person to average a triple-double over the course of an 82-game season was Oscar Robertson back in the ‘60s. Obviously it’s hard to even approximate the achievement, much less actually accomplish it, but Westbrook has a unique situation that could allow him to make it happen.
Since Russell Westbrook is on a Oklahoma City Thunder team that no longer has Kevin Durant, Westbrook has become someone who needs to produce about 150% of what he did last year. Last year, Westbrook had 18 triple-doubles last year in 80 games. This year, he already has 5 triple-doubles through 14 games, so it seems like he’ll be getting many more of those this year. Putting together that kind of production game after game is exactly what would make Russell Westbrook a shoe-in for MVP.