Who Is MVP

The major argument that has went on all throughout this year, comes to be, “Who Is MVP”?  The two major names that have been front runners throughout the year are Harden and Westbrook. Fans have been arguing from January to April. And with Westbrook eliminated from the playoffs we still do not have a definite answer. The MVP will not be picked until June 26th.

        But whose really having a better season. Is it Harden or Westbrook. For the series, Harden averaged 33.2 points, 7.0 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game. Oh, and his team is moving on in their pursuit of a championship. NumberFire.com did an article on Harden’s impact.  This has been the major argument for Harden over Westbrook. Many believe that Harden is more important to his team.

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Harden’s offensive wizardry makes the game so much easier for the guys around him. He’s averaging 52.8 passes per game — compared to Westbrook’s 64.4 — creating 16.8 points per game for his teammates.

But the major argument for Westbrook is the fact that he’s averaging a triple double. Something that hasn’t done since, Oscar Robertson. Through playoffs Russell averaged Westbrook’s 37.4 points, 10.8 assists and 11.6 rebounds per game is amazing.

The Daily Nebraskan said that Westbrook is the clear choice for MVP. The argument against Westbrook is that while he has led Oklahoma City back to the playoffs in his first season without Kevin Durant, the overall performance of his team isn’t nearly as good as what most of the previous MVPs have led their teams to.

I personally believe that we should have CO-MVP’s for the first time in history. If there was ever a time that this was necessary it is now.

 

 

Appreciation Post- “Shaquille O’Neal

Today marks the 45th birthday of the greatest center of all time. Yes I said it, The Greatest Center of all time. Shaquille O’Neal also known as Shaq has been called by many as the greatest center of all time. Not only can the argument be made, but convincingly so. Over a long consistent career in the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal averaged 23.7 points on 58.7 from the field, while also averaging 11 rebounds and two blocks.

But numbers aren’t enough to make you the best ever in GOAT (greatest of all time) debates. You must also win championships. Shaq won 4 championships all in a dominating fashion.  The way Shaq played basketball at the center position is not something we see anymore.  It was claimed that “Shaq’s Retirement marked the end of Great NBA Centers“.

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. Paul Eide from Hoops Vibe also called Shaq The Greatest Center Ever.

So who else is there in the history of the NBA that could contain him on either side of the ball? What was that? I just heard someone in the back say Dwight Howard. He was Dwight Howard before Dwight Howard. And he did it even better. Don’t get sucked into the hate.

And that’s it; best big man ever

Bleacher Report also an article in 2011 calling Shaq “The Greatest Center of All Time

For his size, Shaq is a one-of-a-kind athlete who is unmatched by any player in any sport. No 7’1″ player, who weighs 330 pounds, has ever had as good footwork, been as powerful, had as good lift, and been able to move as quickly as Shaq has. 

The facts are there everyone is saying the same thing. Even if one doesn’t admit he’s the greatest of all time, they would still have to admit to his greatness in totality. There will never be another Shaquille O’Neal.