The NBA MVP 2016-2017

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There is only one player that in my mind is MVP of the regular season:  Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder. Everyone has different grounds to choose their MVP. One will say it has to be the best player on the team with the best record; others say it has to be the player that scores the most points; there are so many options to choose from.

The reason that Russell has to be the MVP is that he carried his whole team on his back during the regular season. When Kevin Durant left for the Golden State Warriors, everyone thought Russell would demand a trade or he would play the season out and also leave as an unrestricted free agent. After keeping quiet for a month, he did what almost nobody predicted or expected; he signed an extension with OKC. The extension was his way of letting everybody know he was here to stay and was going to play his heart out for this team and his teammates. Now Westbrook had full control and was willing to keep OKC contending in a strong western conference.

And boy, what a season it turned out to be for him. He led OKC to a 47-35 record and placed the team in the 6th seed in the Western Conference playoff standings. While doing this, he broke Oscar Robertsons’ record of most triple-doubles in a season with 42.During one game, he became the first player in history to record a perfect triple double in a game (100% shooting). At the end of the season, he became the first player since the Big O, to average a triple-double for a whole season.

Some will say Kawhi Leonard has a better record with San Antoni. He became a superstar on his own and that he deserves MVP. The other will say the same thing about James Harden, Isaiah Thomas or LeBron James. My point why Russell is MVP is this. Take Russell Westbrook of the roster of the Thunder, and they wouldn’t be competing for a playoffs spot. They would probably be a lottery team. There wouldn’t be no “Stockton to Malone” like pick and rolls for Enes Kanter, no open 3 pointers in the corners or so many points in the paint for the other players. Russell can create all these opportunities because he attracts double- and triple teams every time he touches the ball in every single game. In that situation, he can kick the ball out and create open shots or drives for his teammates. His speeds even gives him the option to blow straight past them.

As an opponent, you never know what he is going to do with the ball. One thing you do know is that he is coming at you. What makes him so unique is his mentality. He never gives up or lets his teammates down. After this season he has proven that you can’t ask for a better teammate.

This is why Westbrook is my MVP.

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