Usually it takes at least 40 basketball games to decide who is in position to win the NBA’s MVP. This year it has taken 3 games and really the writing was on the wall all off-season. Russell Westbrook is your 2016-17 Most Valuable Player. He has the talent, motivation and team makeup to make it happen. His stats thus far (not maintainable) are 38.7 ppg, 12.3 rpg and 11.7 apg — WOW!!! He is the best athlete in the league and has been for a number of years. With all this being said, please understand – I am really not a Westbrook fan! I just want to share some knowledge on how many things go into basketball results!
Westbrook’s motivation is a big part of this and that is all generated by his want to show the world that he is a better player than Kevin Durant, who left to join the Warriors. The truth is that Westbrook isn’t as good as KD and never will be. A true measure of a player is how much positive effect he has on his team winning games and eventually winning championships. Westbrook is capable of doing anything he puts his mind to, but his selfish streaks and zero “point guard mindset” is what has prevented OKC from taking the next step to make it to the finals or win it the 1 year they did make it. Durant is taking alot of flack for joining the already established Warriors and he deserves it. However, it is his disdain for Westbrook’s selfish play that made him fantasize about being a part of a team that shares the ball freely and the open man takes the shot – everytime!Please don’t misread me, Westbrook’s talent is as good as it gets in the NBA. He can run, jump, muscle, shoot and score with anyone in the league. However, he is the result of a player that has never been coached hard in his life. He was always so talented that nobody ever benched him because he wasn’t making the right pass or was turning the ball over carelessly. He would have greatly benefitted from a couple more years at UCLA. I actually love to watch him play. He is one of the few basketball players in the league (along with Steph Curry, Lebron James and Anthony Davis) that is going to show me something that I have never seen before almost every night!
Let’s finish with team makeup. The OKC Thunder won’t get very far this year. They might not make the playoffs, but if they do they will be put out in the 1st round. They have a team full of role players. That is normally a good thing. As a matter of fact, I don’t think the Warriors will win it because they don’t have enough role players. But the most important reason that Westbrook will win the MVP is because when he looks for who to go to in all 82 regular season games this year he will see Oladipo, Adams, Roberson, Kanter, etc… All good NBA players, but none that makes him think that he should give up the ball. The good news for us all is that it should be a historical season for him and fun to watch! Just don’t start thinking he is better than the true greats of the game!!!