At the end of every year, the most valuable player (or MVP) of the NBA is chosen. This year, the race for the award is extremely close. Russell Westbrook became just the second player ever to average a triple double in a season after Oscar Robertson. He broke Robertson’s record of 41 triple doubles in a season as well. He won the scoring title, and took the weak Thunder to the sixth seed in the West as well. James Harden switched to point guard this season and was amazing. He led the league in assists, was one of the leagues top scorers, and led the Rockets to the third seed in the West. He was just a few rebounds a game from averaging a triple double as well. Kawhi Leonard upped his game once again this year. After winning two consecutive defensive POY awards, he upped his scoring this year all while leading the Spurs to the second seed in the West. Lebron James, one of the best players all time already (he’s 32), had one of his best years. He averaged 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game. Any other year he’s a top candidate. Also, the defending champion Cavaliers won the second seed in the East. Isaiah Thomas, Boston’s ‘5 9″ point guard, had another all-star year. He led the Celtics to the top seed in the East, outlasting the defending champs Cleveland. He was perennial Eastern conference player of the month winner. Being a scoring and assist machine, Thomas was right behind Westbrook in the scoring department. “The king of the forth” is probably the best forth quarter player of all time. He led the league in forth quarter scoring, including 29 in one forth quarter. “Mighty it” has also been the best player in the playoffs by far. Throw in DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Anntetekoumpo, Kevin Durant, etc., etc., etc., and the race is pretty stacked.