This year’s NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) race is incredibly close. We’ve got Russell Westbrook being a walking triple double, James Harden leading the Rockets to the third seed in the Western Conference while putting up astonishing numbers and Kawhi Leonard being arguably the best defensive player in the league while dropping 26 points a night, just to name a few candidates. As we head into the final stretch of the regular season the race continues to tighten as superstars across the league are elevating their play in preparation for the playoffs. When the time comes, a tough decision will have to be made.
Until then, below is a ranking of who we feel are currently the 5 players leading the NBA’s MVP Race.
Team Record: 37-29
Making #NBA history…again.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 12, 2017
2. James Harden
Team Record: 46-21
“When the season is over and it’s time to crown MVP, James Harden’s name better be on that trophy.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) March 13, 2017
3. LeBron James
Team Record: 43-22
Don't forget about LeBron James in the race for MVP. pic.twitter.com/LnFTLNC9OG
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 10, 2017
4. Kawhi Leonard
Team Record: 52-14
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 7, 2017
5. Isaiah Thomas
Team Record: 42-25
MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES LEADING CELTICS IN SCORING
31 – Isaiah Thomas, 2017
13 – Larry Bird, 1988
10 – Three times
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 12, 2017