Russell Westbrook, point guard, Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook is having a season like no other. Westbrook and his video game numbers of 31 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game are sensational. He has 27 triple-doubles this season and continues to strive to become the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double. Westbrook and the Thunder are looking to strap themselves up for a postseason run after the All-Star break.
James Harden, point guard, Houston Rockets
James Harden is having a magical season in Houston, but the one thing that could propel him over Westbrook for the MVP award is that Harden is on the better team. The Rockets sit at the third spot in the Western Conference, and Harden continues to better, not only himself, but elevates his teammates to greater heights.
Isaiah Thomas, point guard, Boston Celtics
Isaiah Thomas continues to lead the league in fourth-quarter scoring while putting on a show for NBA fanatics all over the globe. The rumors of acquiring star players such as Jimmy Butler or Paul George could elevate Thomas and the Celtics to a greater threat as the favorite to win the Eastern Conference over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas, who is averaging 29.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists, will continue to lead the Celtics to a potential first overall seed come playoff time.