By Mo Islam
Now that we are back from Thanksgiving break, it’s time to look at how the NBA MVP race is shaping up. Here’s the updated list.
But first, check out the last post here.
- Stephen Curry
Things have haven’t changed much since the last post; Stephen Curry is still on top. Curry averages 31.6 points per game, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds while shooting at 51% from the field and 45% from the three point line. As the Warriors continue to steamroll through their schedule; expect Curry to continue his production as the best player on the best team.
- Russell Westbrook
Even with the return of Kevin Durant, Westbrook has continued to play out of his mind. He is averaging 27.6 points, 9.8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Russell is a dynamic player to watch; with the return of Kevin Durant, expect to see the dynamic duo began their push to the playoffs.
- Lebron James
Lebron James is having another great year, even though his stat line doesn’t pop off of the screen. But then again, James is one of the greatest of all time, so we tend to have unrealistic expectations for him. He is averaging 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game, and the Cavs rank 3rd in offensive efficiency, largely because of him.
- Paul George
Paul George has been on a tear lately as he as been clearly carrying his team the whole season. He has certainly recovered from his injury and his play is the main reason why the Pacers are now the 2nd seed in the East. He is averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists a game. I wouldn’t expect George to slow down any time soon.
- Kawhi Leonard
Leonard has become the one option for the Spurs on offensive, mostly because his efficiency and his ability to create his own shots, which is something Leonard has been working throughout his career. He’s a key piece in the Spurs system, and he’s been averaging 22.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists a game. The Spurs also rank 1st in defensive efficiency, and the defending Defensive Player of the Year plays a huge part of that. We could speculate what his production would be like on a team where he’s the only option. Regardless, expect Kawhi to continue to play well as the Spurs cruise.
- Blake Griffin
As some rise, others have to fall. Blake’s production has been solid, Paul George has just been so great lately. The Clippers have been not playing as well as most expected to them to play, but injuries have played a role in that. Griffin averages 25 points and 9 rebounds a game.
- Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler has certainly climbed the rankings. The Bulls are playing very well even without Derrick Rose and Butler has continued to play well both on offensive and defensive. Butler is averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Bulls also rank 2nd in field goal percentage allowed, which Butler has helped with.
- Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry is still playing well this season, averaging 21 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. The “Babyfaced Assassin” been orchestrating the offense and is also one of the Raptors premier scorers. Though his field goal percentage (41.9%) could be better, his play has given the Raptors a huge boost.
- Chris Bosh
Bosh has fallen a lot in the rankings. primarily because of the play of other players who are outperforming him. Nevertheless. Bosh is still averaging good numbers for a Heat team that is 4th in the East right now. Bosh averages 17.1 points and 9 rebounds per game.
- Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond is averaging almost as many rebounds as points for the Pistons; 18 points and 17 rebounds a game. Andre is a machine on the glass and his play has definitely been a reason why the Pistons are 9-9 this season so far, which is better than many expected. If Drummond continues to shoot an abysmal 38% from the line, and the Pistons continue to lose games, he’ll likely fall off the list.
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