The NBA MVP is the biggest personal award in the NBA. The definition for the MVP award has changed over the years, and still, there is no concrete definition of what the league MVP means. The acronym MVP stands for most valuable player, and many players could fit that definition this past season. The MVP race this season has been very close, as each game could've switched one's opinion on who could win the award. The candidates for the MVP award are all worthy, but who has the better argument to bring the MVP back home to their team?

LeBron James

LeBron James is a household name when it comes to the MVP discussion.

It could be argued that he could win the award every year if we get technical with the term MVP. LeBron has been a key piece to the Cavs season once again, proving his value not only to his team but the NBA. LeBron just set a record with his 13th season recording 25+ PPG passing MJ, Kobe and Malone all with 12. LeBron is having a career year in his 13th season. He has a career high in assist and rebounds per game averaging over 8.5 in both categories. He has the highest value to his team as the Cavs haven't won a game when LeBron hasn't played this season. If that isn't MVP, I'm not sure what is. James also had a career high 13 triple-doubles this season. James might have the upper hand due to his reputation, as he has been consistently an NBA candidate every season.

LeBron's value to the Cavs is tremendous, and he has had a career year, but will that be enough to win MVP?

James Harden

James Harden had a fantastic season for the Houston Rockets. He was moved to point guard by Mike D'Antoni, and he responded very well. Harden was the league leader in assist averaging 11.2 per game.

He combined that with his scoring ability, as he averaged 29.1 PPG, second in the league. He was second in the league with 22 triple-doubles for the season.Harden missed one game this season, as this has been a significant factor this NBA season since the recent spike in players resting. He is the first person in NBA history to score 2,000 points and dish out 2,000 assists in a season.

Harden is also the first player to average 25 PPG and creates 25 points via assist per game in a season. What might be Harden's downfall, is his turnovers. He leads the league in turnovers per game. He set the record for most turnover in a season last season, and he set the bar higher this year. His defense has been spotty, as he is known for not being the cleanest defender. Harden's season has been spectacular, but will his turnovers, and defensive liability cost him the MVP?

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook had a season for the ages. Westbrook took on a situation that many wouldn't have been able to turn into the magical season he has had. Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the season, joining Oscar Robertson as the only two players to do so.

He led the league in scoring with 31.6 PPG, was third in assist with 10.4, and tenth in rebounds with 10.7. Westbrook's team was 33-9 when he averaged a triple-double, compared to 14-26 when he doesn't. Westbrook didn't have the pieces around him like LeBron or Harden, as he was left with a team who didn't have a former all-star on their roster. Oh, I forgot to mention he broke Robertson's triple-double record with a league leading 42 triple-doubles. Westbrook's team would be at the bottom of the western conference if he weren't playing this season, and that is the real definition of MVP. Westbrook's season happens once every 50 years, and he dominated the court in every way, but will it be enough to win him the MVP?

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard has been a quiet MVP candidate (represents himself perfectly). If you're looking at winning as a factor for MVP, look no further. Kawhi's team has the best record out of all the candidates, posting a 61-21 record. That got them a two-seed in the West. Leonard is averaging 25.5 points per game and is now one of a complete player in the match. His offense has to lead the way for the aging Spurs team that never seems to go away. Kawhi Leonard's defensive greatness is by far the best out of all the contenders. His versatility and ability to guard almost any position on the floor will appeal to voters. He averages 1.8 steals a game, and he could have more from his deflected passes.

What will hurt Leonard in his MVP race is his appeal. Leonard doesn't have the eye-popping stats that his counterparts have, and that might do him in. Will the voter's value wins, or will his lack of great stats be the deal breaker for Kawhi's MVP chances?

Who Wins

It will be one of the closest MVP votes ever, but Russell Westbrook will win the MVP. You can't deny Westbrook's historic season and how much his team valued him. Westbrook triple-double rampage is historic. Westbrook not only made history but meant the most to his team. His team wouldn't be a six-seed in the playoffs with 47 wins. He broke a record that hasn't been broken in 50+ years and managed to get his team to the playoffs after losing an MVP in Kevin Durant.

Westbrook deserves the MVP, and he will get it and prove everyone wrong that doubted his ability to be a true point guard, and his ability to lead a team. We won't know who wins the MVP until late June, so we have to play the waiting game until then.

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