Opinion: Russell Westbrook Deserves MVP Despite the Thunder’s Playoff Failure

When the basketball world learned that James Harden and the Houston Rockets would face Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, it became inevitable that the MVP race would be distorted by the results of the series. If the Rockets lost, Harden would be considered a perennial choker who continually disappears in the playoffs. If the Thunder lost, Westbrook would be viewed as a selfish ball hog unable to lead a team without Durant, Ibaka, or Harden. Well I’m here to say that this playoff series should not define Westbrook or Harden’s seasons, and that Russell’s record-breaking performance should place him first in this year’s MVP voting.

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