Notice that I put a period at the end of the title because I honestly truly mean that. When I usually talk about the NBA 2016-17′ MVP race, I get into a heated debate with 3,4, or even 5 people telling me how crazy I am because I think Westbrook shouldn’t win MVP. Telling me a thing like “J.D. bro, he broke the record for triple-doubles in a season,” or the classic, “Bro he doesn’t have any teammates and they still made the playoffs! He’s unstoppable!” Blah, blah, blah.
- Westbrook broke the record for most triple-doubles in a season.
In the 1961-1962 season, records were broken and if legends weren’t made before, they were definitely made that year. Oscar Robertson had a record 41 triple-doubles for the Cincinnati Royals averaging 30.8 PPG (points per game), 12.5 APG (assists per game), 11 RPG (rebounds per game), and shot 47% from the field that year finishing 3rd in the MVP race. The Royals that year made the playoffs but lost in the western division semifinals 3-1 to the Detroit Pistons.
Fast forward 55 years later and here comes the Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook averaged 31.6 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 10.4 APG, and he shot a 42.5% field goal percentage. “Beastbrook” broke the record for most triple-doubles in a season on Sunday, April 9th, when he recorded 50 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 106-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. This marked Westbrook’s 42nd triple-double and surpassing Oscar Robertson’s earth shattering 41 triple-doubles in a season.
Alright, Alright here’s what I have to say about the excuse that Westbrook should win MVP solely on the fact that he broke the MVP record. I’m not saying what he did was amazing cause it damn sure is and I’m also not hating on him either but just here me out. To me, an MVP isn’t a stat line, it is someone who is the most efficient and not just the best one on their team but the one that every team wants. A player that if the NBA had a fantasy draft the #1 overall pick would be that person. What I’m saying is that Westbrook makes other players around him terrible….not better like LeBron does, or James Harden..but worse. People seem to forget that Russell Westbrook once had James Harden and Kevin Durant on the same team….and he still couldn’t win a championship.
- Westbrook doesn’t have a “team” to play with.
“Oh but J.D. he helped a crappy Thunder team to the playoffs though, if he wasn’t on the Thunder they would have won 20 games.” Okay? Imagine the Clippers without Chris Paul? The Bucks without Giannis Antetokounmpo? The Bulls without Jimmy Butler? There are plenty of NBA players that are vital to their team and aren’t MVP candidates. In LeBron James’ 2005-06 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron took this starting 5 to the Conference Semis: Drew Gooden, Eric Snow, Larry Hughes, and Zydrunus Illgauskas. Not saying those guys are bad players, just saying they aren’t exactly the showtime Lakers.
Oklahoma City’s team this year wasn’t spectacular, at all, but that shouldn’t stop an “MVP” from at least winning more than one game in the playoffs? In fact, since the 1981-82 season, every MVP winner has won at least 50 games in their respective season, oh that’s right Westbrook didn’t. Since when did the MVP become a stat line award and not an efficiency award.
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