Russell Westbrook’s record-breaking season should result in him being this year's NBA MVP, according to Tyler King of the Daily Collegian. He highlights that Westbrook is only the second player in league history to average a triple-double all season after Oscar Robertson in ’62. Westbrook managed to do so, playing an average of almost 10 minutes less per game. King dismisses criticism that Westbrook played for himself, pointing out that Oklahoma City generally did better when he recorded a triple-double. Westbrook shone without the superior team that James Harden had around him and therefore deserves the MVP award over Harden, concludes King.
While Russell Westbrook had a phenomenal season individually, James Harden’s team success means he is the obvious choice for MVP, believes Shannon Sharpe of Fox Sports. He asserts that at the end of the day, basketball is a team sport and Houston, which Harden plays for, won eight more times than Westbrook's Oklahoma City this season, which should put the debate to rest. Harden has accounted for nearly the same amount of points that Westbrook did with 400 fewer shots, demonstrating that he was more clinical. Leading with assists this year, and winning more games, Harden has shown that he was the backbone of Houston's success and had the more influential season.