In the month of March, NBA teams are starting to heat up for the postseason. Most are locked in on finishing strong or doing whatever it takes to make the playoffs. However, there are about five MVP candidates (James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, and Isaiah Thomas) who have a few games left to improve their chances of winning the MVP.
Each one of these players show a unique set of skills. For Harden averaging 29.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 11.2 assists, he leading the Houston Rockets to the third seed in the western conference. Each night he delivers sensational performances that makes everyone wonder why the Oklahoma City Thunder traded him in the first place. Westbrook and this triple-double performances (averaging for the season 31.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists) are helping the Thunder win games, but he’s probably doing too much. It could hurt his chances of being MVP if the other players aren’t contributing.
Leonard’s improvement this season needs to be noticed due to averaging 26.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists shooting on 48 percent. He’s pretty much the lone star on the San Antonio Spurs and willing them to win over top teams. James still playing at a high level despite being 32 years old. The Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn’t be number one in the eastern conference without his presence on the court. Ant not forget Isaiah Thomas from the Boston Celtics, who’s second in scoring and proving everyone just how great he really is despite being the last pick of the 2011 NBA draft.
All of them probably don’t care about winning the MVP, but deep inside it something that won’t be forgotten. Playing at a high level takes time, commitment and patience. Other than James who’s won multiple MVPs, each one of them put in the hard work and leading their teams into the postseason.
This is why March is such an important month because writers will vote for the MVP based on these performances. The guidelines for winning the award varies from stats to making others better. Anyone can make a case for either candidate, but lets see if the voters get it right.