Russell Westbrook Breaking Triple-Double Record Should Make Him MVP By Default
Last Sunday, Russell Westbrook did the impossible breaking Oscar Robertson‘s 55-year-old record with his 42nd triple-double of the season. The 28-year-old playing beyond his limitations, leading the team to big time wins no matter what it takes. These factors including a buzzer-beater game winning shot against the Denver Nuggets should make him the most valuable player, but others may disagree on this assumption.
“I’m so thankful to play the game I love every night,” Westbrook said, adding that he would give the game ball to his parents according to AFP. “It’s an unbelievable blessing.”
Westbrook is averaging 31.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. The numbers alone should say to average NBA fans that he should the award. However, stats aren’t everything in deciding an MVP. The team itself needs to win a lot of games and be at least a second or third seed. The player also needs to have impressive stats that aren’t mediocre compare to other stars. Westbrook has the stats and accolades, but record-wise as a team might fall short.
Oklahoma City Thunder are sixth in the western conference. The other MVP candidates (James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James) have better records than the Thunder. They also had good seasons which shouldn’t be discredited. But for this case Westbrook should the MVP by default because no player has done what he’s doing since 1962.
Everyone who’s watching Westbrook is blessed to see an athlete who gives it all on the court. It’s a shame most stars would rest than play for the fans that pay a lot of money. Westbrook alone is box office and the writers need to factor that in when they cast their votes on the MVP.