The top candidates are Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James. Anthony Davis and Chris Paul run out. It has cost us years and years to have a fierce competition like this season’s. And in times of so much opinion, participation, social media and analysis, you’ve never seen so many interpretations of what it’s like to be the NBA regular season MVP. All the names mentioned are legitimate candidates. All gather compelling arguments to have the most valuable vote. Except that … What is the definition of MVP?
In a season full of possible names worthy of such honor, the discussion now is even more about the prize itself. What does it mean to be the most valuable guy in the NBA? What factors need to be taken into account? What is the hierarchy of importance of each of the elements that make the athlete in question overcome the others? Opinions and hunches are what is not lacking in a discussion of those who give more subject nowadays.
MVP would be the most indispensable player? The most incredible? The guy with the best of narratives? The one we’re going to remember in years and years? What with the most impressive statistics? The best player of the best team?
And more … What should also be taken into account? To what extent can the number of games lost influence the election? To what extent does the overall team rating say about the player?
The truth is that the formula here is just … Do not have formula. Each of the 129 with voting rights follows the most varied criteria. And of course there will be debate about which methodology is the best, the most fair or the most efficient.
The logic is to repeat what history is in the NBA. The last 32 MVPs selected in the League have won at least 50 games in the season, or the percentage equivalent to that in years with fewer games. Normally, the consensus is to choose the best player in that best-team team. In this case, there is no doubt about who will be chosen by the majority. Stephen Curry in the head.
If we deal with those who were most indispensable to the team, the names of LeBron James and James Harden scream and draw more attention. Already on the side of numbers and statistics, it would be too complicated to ignore Russell Westbrook and the ensuing triple-doubles.
Are the MVP trophy related in the sucess of the team?
But with the exception of seasons well beyond the statistical curve like Michael Jordan‘s in 1988, the idea is to reward the player in the team that made the noise mostly. In other words, the MVP trophy would be linked to the success that the team has achieved throughout the season. If we take the story into account, Russell Westbrook’s argument falls here. The numbers are incredible, but they have not been able to turn Oklahoma City Thunder into even one of the top eight teams on the West side.
The title titled “valuable” may be the most important part to pay attention to. Whether you want to or not, the team’s retrospective counts too much. Even because they are in the victories that can be counted the such value. And it is here again that Stephen Curry excels at others. There are 67 wins in 82 games.
There are already those who argue that it is value to imagine the team without the player. Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers would be very different teams from today without Harden or LeBron. Houston fought all year with injuries. Lost main supporting actor Dwight Howard for most of the season. And even with so many casualties he closed the year as second best team in one of the toughest Western Conferences of recent times.
LeBron James has to say to himself that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been the team with the fewest wins in the last four years of the NBA to one of the great favorites in this year’s title. It is also worth remembering that the simple arrival of LeBron made Cleveland go from bottom to top while the Miami Heat without the star was team that went to the finals four times to team that is not even in the playoffs of the fragile East side.
It is very complicated to define value but in number of victories. Great players, whether in any collective sport or not, only prevail when they are inserted within a context with quality co-ordinators. The MVP, at least for me, is the one who will win, be incredible, impress and elevate the game even more than those around him.
Here, the truth is that there is no right. And this thesis grows even more adept after a remarkable, special and unique year like what the NBA has had. Each definition is valid and has arguments that go hand in hand to be accepted. Perhaps even this uncertainty about what it is to be, in fact, the MVP is that it really does make the awards even more interesting.
And by the way, my MVP is Stephen Curry.