NBA MVP Watch: Leonard performing like best player

Ali Guidoum

Sports Blogger



Russell Westbrook, point guard, Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook is the NBA’s leader in triple-doubles with 30, which is one shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain’s record for second most all-time in a single season. Westbrook is averaging a triple-double with 31.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10 assists per game. Not only is Westbrook the league’s leading scorer, but he has also had four consecutive 40-point games, which is the most since Kobe Bryant in the 2012 season. We can all argue Westbrook is the most valuable player for his team, because without him, the Thunder are nowhere near playoff contention, but on the other hand, Westbrook has the Thunder sitting in the seventh seed after dropping their past four games.


James Harden, point guard, Houston Rockets

James Harden, who leads the league with a whopping 50 double-doubles, continues to amaze fans all over the league. Harden is third in the league in scoring but leads the league in assists. Harden is averaging 29 points, 7.9 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game. Harden has the Rockets sitting at the third overall seed in the Western Conference and can be a nightmare matchup come playoff time.


Kawhi Leonard, small forward, San Antonio Spurs

(Mark Runyon, Flickr)

Kawhi Leonard is having quite the MVP-like season but has been under the radar just like the Spurs usually are. Leonard is averaging 26.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Leonard is coming off a 39-point performance against the Rockets in which he hit the game winning 3 and had the game saving block on the other end of the court. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is also looking for his third straight title. Leonard has had the most 30-plus point games by a Spur since David Robinson did during the 1995-96 season. Leonard is shooting 49 percent from the field, 39 percent from the 3-point line and is a 90 percent free throw shooter, which is making him close to joining the 50/40/90 club.

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