NBA MVP Power Rankings: Week 18

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Feb 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; A view of the NBA logo at the NBA All Star Jam Session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings! It’s Monday morning, and each and every week (including last Monday), we bring you the latest look at the always entertaining race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award. The calendar has shifted to March, and with that, the playoffs are approaching on the horizon in a hurry. Many people will take a “break” from the NBA to focus on college hoops, but this season, there are far too many story lines to follow in the Association.

For reference, the MVP “criteria” used here is the most literal sense of the word, and team success (while certainly a factor) doesn’t include or exclude any prospective candidate from the proceedings. Without further ado, let’s get it going!

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Tags: Blake Griffin Chicago Bulls Chris Paul Indiana Pacers Joakim Noah Kevin Durant Kevin Love LaMarcus Aldridge Lebron James Los Angeles Clippers Miami Heat Minnesota TImberwolves Oklahoma City Thunder Paul George Portland Trail Blazers

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Brad…SMH… you cannot be this dumb in person, I hope you are just
    playing stupid one on the internet for the sake of readers, where to start? let’s start with KD
    #1 and his award to lose… you are completely ignoring the fact that when OKC
    beat the heat it was OKC as a team stepping up and yes Durant out played
    Lebron in that game but not by a wide margin… Now the second games was where KD lost
    the award… he knew what was on the line at the
    time, KD had his chance to prove he is the MVP and
    Lebron came in KD’s house and tore him and his team new corn shoot… nothing like
    what OKC did to Miami previously….
    I also love how you KD nut huggers
    are quick to ignore KD’s bad game…. and search out numbers that agree with your arugment….when will you stop looking at
    numbers and see who impacts the game…. OKC lost to Cleveland KD had
    decent number but his team gave up 42 points in the fourth… something
    you fail to acknowledge..KD does not play defense… This year Lebron’s will make the NBA’s 1st defensive team for the 6th time… let me know when KD makes that team…..

    I will also ignore the fact that
    OKC strength of schedule is #17 rank Miami #5 and The Pacer #29… so
    that should eliminate Paul George from any and ALL MVP talk, that and being only one game of Miami, since Paul is a big name you will not do that… but lazy writers do ont want to put in the work or you would
    know… Paul has had a terrible year , too many night shooting sub par and his team still win…

    Your biggest mistake is not having Joakim challenging Lebron
    for the MVP is a shame… like Lebron Joakim doesn’t a lot more for
    this team on both sides of the ball than Durant… Lebron… leads his
    team in scoring, rebounding, assist, second in steals and is the teams
    best defender…. case close… and i am glad you found another volume shooting to put on your MVP list , the only reason Melo is not there instead of Aldridge is because of the Knicks records… and Kobe is injured.

    • Brad Rowland

      Respectfully, I think you’re out of your mind. Take a look at the advanced metrics and tell me that Durant doesn’t have a claim on the top spot. You can disagree and feel that LeBron is the more valuable player, but to say that it’s not a close discussion based on THIS YEAR’S PRODUCTION is ludicrous.

    • Brad Rowland

      My favorite part of this is saying that Paul George “has had a terrible year”. Enjoy that.