Another day, another NBA MVP media poll
The debate over who should be awarded as the 2017 MVP has intensified in recent weeks. Russell Westbrook and James Harden have been considered the front runners for the majority of the season, but San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James remain in contention.
Tim Bontemps, a national NBA writer for the Washington Post, polled 106 media members on their choice for MVP. While some are not actually voters for the award, the results of the poll were not even close. Harden tallied 53 first place votes, while Westbrook only had 28. Leonard had 17 votes for first, and James received eight.
Harden has the Rockets third in the Western Conference, only behind the Warriors and Spurs. He is currently averaging 28.9 points, 11.3 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game. As Houston's primary scorer and distributor, Harden has a lot on his shoulders but manages it efficiently.
Westbrook has been a triple-double machine this season. He has averages of 31.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. However, he has Oklahoma City only in sixth place in the Western Conference.
Leonard has the Spurs near the top of the Western Conference standings once again. He is averaging 26.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. His impact on both sides of the floor is undeniable, and is a big reason behind San Antonio's success this season.
James has Cleveland first in the Eastern Conference. However, it has been a struggle as of late. The Cavaliers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, and the Celtics and Wizards are closing in on their lead. Still, James has been able to keep the Cavs afloat by averaging 26.0 points, 8.8 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game.