Russell Westbrook, point guard, Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook made history as he became the all-time leader in triple doubles with 42 Sunday. Westbrook also became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double. During this final stretch of regular season games, Westbrook has put on an absolute clinic. Against the Denver Nuggets, Westbrook not only surpassed Oscar Robertson for the most triple doubles of all-time, but he also put up 50 points and hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer to ruin the Nuggets’ playoff hopes. It will be a tight race for the award, but Westbrook sure has made his case why he has been the most valuable player to his team.
James Harden, point guard, Houston Rockets
James Harden, who has made his statement for the MVP Award as well, led the Rockets to the ninth-best offensive season in NBA history. Harden was only two rebounds per game shy of a triple double. Harden leads the league in points produced from combined points and points assisted on. Harden is also on the better team and has propelled his team to greater heights, causing the Rockets to be a serious threat in the Western Conference.
LeBron James, small forward, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James is still the best basketball player in the world, whether you like it or not. James is deserving of the MVP award every year, and they could change the name of the award to the LeBron James Trophy or something. James finished with career-highs in rebounds and assists with 8.6 and 8.7 per game. James shot 36.3 percent from the 3-point line and led the Cavaliers to the second seed in the East. James is looking to make his seventh straight appearance in the Finals, and no matter what seed they are, the road to the finals has to go through the defending champions.