Readers may disagree with this post but Russell Westbrook is the clear cut favorite to win the 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. This guy has been playing lights out lately and will continue to do so as long as the Oklahoma City Thunder is in the playoff hunt in the highly competitive Western Conference.
Westbrook has put up seven triple doubles this season along with five consecutive in a row. There are many fans and analyst around the league that believe Rockets guard James Harden should be the MVP due to the fact that he has carried the Rockets pretty much all season long without the services of center Dwight Howard. The Rockets are currently the third seed in the Western Conference playoff race.
You have to agree that Harden is the reason why the Rockets are in the position that they are in right now however does Dwight Howard make that much of a difference in the Rockets lineup? Howard was not even a factor in the Rockets starting lineup even when he was healthy.On top of that the Rockets have a little bit of room to breathe in the playoff race in the West on the other hand the Thunder do not. The Thunder is in a heated battle with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Westbrook is on this tear without his counterpart Kevin Durant.
Durant is a perennial all-star that has been in and out of the lineup this season because of an injury he suffered before the season started. Fans were concerned that the Thunder would not even be in the playoff hunt due to the fact that Durant was not in the lineup at the beginning of the season and the Thunder were in a midst of an early season rut. However Westbrook has risen to the plate and performed like never before in his brief NBA career.
You have probably heard this before but the Oklahoma City Thunder will become the most dangerous 8th seed in NBA Playoff History if they can somehow separate themselves from the New Orleans Pelicans. Right now the Golden State Warriors cannot take any one of those teams for granted when the playoffs come around in mid-April. Both the Thunder and Pelicans have the ability to put an end to the Warriors magical season in 2015.
With that being said Westbrook and the Thunder must play lights out in the upcoming weeks in order to hold on to the 8th seed in the Western Conference, the Pelicans are not going anywhere no time soon. Russell Westbrook is recognized by many as one of the greatest point guards in NBA History. Those remarks may be too soon for a player like Westbrook due to the fact that this is only his 6th year in the league. We still have not seen Westbrook at his full potential which will most likely come to pass in the following weeks especially if Kevin Durant can return from his injury.
Right now people around the league are saying that the Thunder’s window is closing in regards to them winning a championship with both Westbrook and Durant on the roster. However if they take down the Warriors and the real juggernaut in the West the Memphis Grizzlies then their window may be opened wider than ever before. The time is now for Westbrook and Durant to win their first ever championship.
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