Russell Westbrook on Steph Curry Picking James Harden for NBA MVP: “Who Is He?”
Russell Westbrook has put together one hell of an NBA season thus far. Through the first 67 games, he is averaging 31.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game, and he’s inching closer and closer to becoming the first NBA player to average a triple-double for an entire season since Oscar Robertson. He has also led the Thunder to a surprising 38-29 record, good for sixth in the tough Western Conference right now. So you would think he would be the frontrunner for the NBA MVP award this season, right?
Some people do have Westbrook tabbed as the leader in the MVP race. But believe it or not, he has some pretty stiff competition this season, despite his incredible stats. James Harden, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard are also in contention for the MVP award, and the race is likely going to come down to the final few games of the season. It’s that tight.
For the first time in three years, Steph Curry isn’t in the running for the MVP award. He won back-to-back MVPs over the course of the last two seasons. But he has struggled to find his shot at times this year and isn’t considered an MVP candidate.
So when Curry was asked to pick his NBA MVP on The Dan Patrick Show earlier this week, he didn’t name himself. He also didn’t name his teammate Kevin Durant since he’s been injured for the last few weeks. Instead, he said he would “probably” pick Harden because of the fact that the Rockets are 47-21 this season and sitting in the third slot in the West. He put Westbrook at a close second but suggested Harden should get the nod.
“It’s just you have to award the better team, record-wise, as it’s kind of gone in the history of the MVP award,” Curry said. “So I think James will probably edge him out just off of that.”
What Curry said wasn’t wrong or even all that controversial. But reporters couldn’t help but ask Westbrook for his opinion of Curry’s comments after a Thunder shootaround on Thursday afternoon. And in true Westbrook fashion, he didn’t seem to have much to say about what Curry said.
“I don’t care,” Westbrook said. “It don’t matter what he say. Who is he?”
Westbrook is known for being short with the media when it comes to this kind of stuff. He rarely has much reaction to the stuff other players say. But do you think he really doesn’t care about what Curry said?
Either way, he’s not going to let anyone think he cares. So don’t expect him to elaborate much more on his thoughts on who should win MVP. Who do you think should take home the award this season?