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NBA Podcast: MVP Rankings, Stephen Curry in the lead, but he's got some company

Taking a look at who will win the MVP award vs. who should be in the discussion.

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I was once again a guest on the Phil Naessens show, and we got to talking about the NBA MVP race. Sure, there are no Utah Jazz players making a name for themselves for this award, but it's still fun for me to take a look at my own perceptions and combat that against the greater idea of who is truly most valuable. I'm on his shot where he also talks some Trail Blazers baksetball, Euroleague basketball, and more. My part starts at the 11 min mark. Check it all out here, or just listen below:

Please note that this was recorded on Wednesday, and obviously, before James Harden's poor game against the Jazz, and before Kyrie Irving's big night against the Spurs. If you are a fan of "Recency bias vs. larger sample size" arguments, this may be the podcast for you!

My Rankings this week:

  1. Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
  2. James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets
  3. LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies

Does Anthony Davis (Pelicans) deserve the same recognition that Westbrook is getting if they make the playoffs? I don't know . . . but it's hard not to dismiss some of these other stellar players. My own bias is towards teams that are winning. This award usually goes to the best player on the best team, so it's hard for me to put guys like LeBron and Westbrook up there. But from what I know how about the league works, and how voters vote, this is what it may look like.

Who is your MVP this year? And we all know that for the Utah Jazz, their MVP has to be Gordon Hayward. It would be fun to see a one-on-one tournament for just MVPs of each team. Maybe that's how the draft order should be held for lotto teams? I dunno . . .

I do know that I am lucky to be on Phil's show every week. Thanks man, you're the best!