Or, more important, what is the Most Valuable Player in the NBA this season?
(Full disclosure: I haven’t received any information from the league but, if history holds, I could very well be among the MVP voters; it has happened in the past and if it happens this year, you will know).
Despite losing Dwight Howard to injury for more than a quarter of the season the basically unstoppable Hardens leads the NBA in scoring and his Rockets are in a dogfight for second overall in the West.
There is no disputing he is the most highly-skilled and potentially dominant player in the game; it’s hard to argue with those who say he could win the award every season if it was simply based on talent.
So, who wins?
To me, if that’s the top criteria, you’d have 30 candidates and that’s not right.
Most dominant? Sure, guys like James – and Michael Jordan long before him, could be handed the trophy pretty much every year if that was the lone criteria. But as dominant and good as he is, how does it translate to team success?
Indispensable? Take Westbrook away from the Kevin Durant-free Thunder and where are they? Dead in the water, likely; but couldn’t you say the same thing about, say, Damian Lillard or Chris Paul or Tim Duncan?
What do you think because I absolutely don’t know and, as you can see, there’s a huge variety of rationales you could used to cast a ballot in any number of ways.
I’ve just started to think about and with a gun to my head this morning I’d probably go with Harden, Curry, James, Westbrook and some Mr. X in that order if the ballot had to be filed later this afternoon.
But for the first time in a long time – and I think I’ve had a vote for each of the past five or six seasons and several before that over my career – I could honestly defend any of a handful of selections.
This work in this guy’s birthday today?
Oh yeah, can we add “compete level” to “score the basketball” as phrases relegated to the dustbin of history?
Thank you very much.
Surely in the name of all that’s good in the world there’s more advertising inventory that viewers don’t have to be subjected to the same stuff at every break? And if there isn’t, shouldn’t the sales staff be taken to task?
Okay, still on a bit of a minutes limit here – at least until the cardiologist calls with the appointment for this week so he can sign the paper that frees me once and for all – so we’re once again Monday-Wednesday-Friday and some weekend mail.
My side stages huge late rally to get the equalizer in about the 88th minute at Salt Lake last night and then suffer one of their predictable mental lapses and give up the game-winner about 90 seconds later.