Russell Westbrook, point guard, Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook continues to amaze fans across the globe. Westbrook had back-to-back 40-plus point games and captured his 30th triple-double of the year. Westbrook has an 81 percent chance of surpassing the record for most ripple-doubles in a season. He’s averaging 31 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.3 assists. Although the Thunder have lost four of their last ten games, Westbrook and OKC still stand in seventh in the Western Conference.
James Harden, point guard, Houston Rockets
James Harden, who is averaging 28.9 points, 11.3 assists and 8.1 rebounds, is almost averaging a triple-double like Westbrook. Harden is shooting an outstanding 43 percent from the field. Harden is a close second, if not the front-runner for the MVP award as Harden and the Rockets continue to win big against opponents week in and week out.
Isaiah Thomas, point guard, Boston Celtics
Isaiah Thomas is second in the league in points per game with 29.9 and also leads the league in points during the fourth quarter. The two-time All-Star has helped turn a Boston team that was mediocre to start the season into the second best team in the Eastern Conference. Thomas’ 20-point scoring streak ended at 43 games against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Mr. Fourth Quarter could end up being Mr. MVP.