Now that the season is well underway, I think its time we talked about this MVP race.
Here is a chart I created showing the four most important stats viewed when voting for an MVP.
This is the age of triple doubles and three pointers, but I don’t think this year’s MVP will be decided off of three pointers, so the three most common triple double stats are listed.
Team wins are also a big part of the race too, that’s why Anthony Davis is not pictured but will get an honorable mention from me…. <-That was his honorable mention.
So if we look at the combination of these stats, as if they were all valued the same, we could see a pretty clear picture of the MVP race.
About 75 “MVP points” (what we’ll call the total number of combined stats) takes the cake 2 months into the season for me. James Harden is the closest and seems to have the second best accumulation of stats, behind Westbrook, but since he has 5 more wins, sits atop of the race.
Fighting for third right now are LeBron and KD with about 1.4 points between them (which is really only a difference of a win for the Cavs and a loss for the Dubs).
Kawhi sits last with just over 60 points, but is mentioned because he is having a good season, but mostly because the Spurs have the 2nd best record in the league.
With the five best players from the five best teams, looking ahead it looks like James and Durant will move closer to Russell and Harden, because the former teammates numbers will probably slightly decline, and the wins of the Cavs and Dubs will be ahead of the Rockets and Thunder.
I’d like to see Russ average a triple double for the whole season, but then again I’d also like to see Atlantis.
We’ll see what happens…