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#261 bfc1125roy

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Posted April 12, 2017 - 12:09 AM

If Westbrook wins I will be pissed. They always change up the MVP voting rationale, but one thing has remained consistent: it is usually the best player on a top team. If Westbrook gets this, Kobe should have definitely gotten it in 2006, and 2007. Thunder are 6th seed, Lakers are 7th. And one of those teams had Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Brian Cook, and Luke Walton playing significant minutes. 


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Posted April 12, 2017 - 12:38 AM

There's no doubt about Kobe getting those Lakers 45 wins being more impressive than Westbrook getting his team 46 IMO

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Posted April 13, 2017 - 07:38 AM

If Westbrook wins I will be pissed. They always change up the MVP voting rationale, but one thing has remained consistent: it is usually the best player on a top team. If Westbrook gets this, Kobe should have definitely gotten it in 2006, and 2007. Thunder are 6th seed, Lakers are 7th. And one of those teams had Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Brian Cook, and Luke Walton playing significant minutes. 

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Posted April 13, 2017 - 11:10 PM

If Westbrook wins I will be pissed. They always change up the MVP voting rationale, but one thing has remained consistent: it is usually the best player on a top team. If Westbrook gets this, Kobe should have definitely gotten it in 2006, and 2007. Thunder are 6th seed, Lakers are 7th. And one of those teams had Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Brian Cook, and Luke Walton playing significant minutes.


Two wrongs don't make a right. Westbrook deserves it this year regardless of kobe being wronged in 2006
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Posted April 14, 2017 - 12:10 AM

Two wrongs don't make a right. Westbrook deserves it this year regardless of kobe being wronged in 2006


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Posted April 14, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Im glad the NBA broke the mold with the MVP but this year so many guys elevated their games even if only from a statistical standpoint.  I don't think you could've gone wrong with 3-4 players this year. 


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Posted April 14, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Two wrongs don't make a right. Westbrook deserves it this year regardless of kobe being wronged in 2006

 

What is MVP?

 

If it's the best player (which what I think it should be), then Kobe should have had it from 2003-2010, after which LeBron should have had it every year except for last which was clearly Curry. You could make the argument for Westbrook this year, but I would still go with LeBron tbh.

 

If it's best player on a near top team with a good storyline to go along with it, which is what I think it has been, then it is Harden's award no questions asked.

 

If it's the player who adds the most wins to his team (i.e. if you remove that player then the team is utter trash), then yeah it's Westbrook for sure. But then many of the other MVPs in the past have been waaay off. 

 

Voting criteria has to be consistent. MVP clearly is the second one I posted, which is why I think it's a stupid award. Nash has as many MVPs as Shaq and Kobe, that should say enough. 


Edited by bfc1125roy, April 14, 2017 - 10:54 AM.

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Posted April 21, 2017 - 01:16 PM

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Happy for Westbrook. Well deserved, but with rules used in the past it should have been Harden.


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Posted April 22, 2017 - 07:04 AM

People have to realize that narratives play an enormous role in this. Westbrook plays like a monster out there. His blasts to the rims and dunks and nonstop energy calls for must-see TV.

I think Harden loses cause way too many people hate watching him play. Don't get me wrong - he's amazing. He's one of the greatest offensive players I've ever seen. But no one likes seeing a guy shoot 12 free throws a game off tiny little hits that he sells. That's the narrative that killed him. He lost in 2015 because his defense was a running meme. He lost this year because many don't appreciate his play style.

Also - people keep going back to the historic way of getting to the MVP. This generally means the best player on the best team. If that's the case, Harden doesn't even sniff the award. If we're going with that, Kawhi and Curry deserve the nod for running the only 60+ win teams in the league.

Drop all the narratives of the season and Kawhi and Curry are the ones to fight for that award IMO. The MVP award was not very statistically based until today.

Edited by bigvee, April 22, 2017 - 07:10 AM.

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Posted April 22, 2017 - 09:50 AM

It's a media award and at the end of the day it's more about the story than anything.  There's no consistency.  2006, 2011, and 2017 specifically.  In an 11 years span you had 3 separate years where the criteria was completely different.  They just vote for who they want.  GMs, coaches, and players should vote on the award.  Until that changes it's mostly just a popularity contest.  Nash and Rose.....nuff said.      


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Posted April 26, 2017 - 10:14 PM

It's a media award and at the end of the day it's more about the story than anything.  There's no consistency.  2006, 2011, and 2017 specifically.  In an 11 years span you had 3 separate years where the criteria was completely different.  They just vote for who they want.  GMs, coaches, and players should vote on the award.  Until that changes it's mostly just a popularity contest.  Nash and Rose.....nuff said.      

 

Harden of Isaiah Thomas are just as good stories as Westbrook. The story always involves winning, which the Thunder haven't done.

 

Kobe carried a [expletive]tier team to a similar wins record when Shaq left and put up just as crazy stats as Westbrook, but didn't even finish top 3 in MVP voting. What's up with that?

 

MVP awards shouldn't have a place when determining players legacies. The media seems to vote off emotion more than anything else. I'd argue the All NBA and All NBA Defensive teams are better judge of player skill, though not perfect by any means. 


Edited by bfc1125roy, April 26, 2017 - 10:15 PM.


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Posted Today, 09:12 AM

Harden of Isaiah Thomas are just as good stories as Westbrook. The story always involves winning, which the Thunder haven't done.

 

Kobe carried a [expletive]tier team to a similar wins record when Shaq left and put up just as crazy stats as Westbrook, but didn't even finish top 3 in MVP voting. What's up with that?

 

MVP awards shouldn't have a place when determining players legacies. The media seems to vote off emotion more than anything else. I'd argue the All NBA and All NBA Defensive teams are better judge of player skill, though not perfect by any means. 

 

Kobe didn't have the best relationship with the media following Shaq's departure.  Even in 2008 the MVP award was decided in the last week of the season when we played the Hornets.  If we had lost that game and lost home court advantage in the West to New Orleans I am confident Chris Paul would have been voted MVP.      






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