Westbrook, Harden, Leonard finalists for NBA MVP

  • Westbrook, Harden, Leonard finalists for NBA MVP

Westbrook, Harden, Leonard finalists for NBA MVP

The First Team pretty much featured who you would expect in MVP candidates: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James.

The NBA's remaining 2016-17 award winners will be revealed during the inaugural NBA Awards on TNT June 26 at 9 p.m. ET at Basketball City in NY.

So, what does he think?

Bulls fans that are older than I am, I know you remember the Bulls going down 0-2 to the New York Knicks in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals. Nearly as insane as, you know, that guy down in OKC averaging a triple-double.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.

James had 22 points in the first half, when he also collected six assists and had three blocked shots, including a chase-down rejection of Bradley that was reminiscent of the one against Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

That's because we spent a month unearthing 66 of the 100 first place votes for NBA MVP and can comfortably project Westbrook will take the award. The 14-year veteran has been dominating the league for over a decade, to the point that stellar seasons are expected of him. Brogdan, a second-round pick, helped the Milwaukee Bucks made the playoffs. The winners will be announced June 26 during the NBA's first awards show.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue also did not know about the finalists being released until his postgame news conference but joked that based on the way James played - helping the Cavs build a 50-point lead at one point - he wouldn't be surprised if James did. He has won championships for two different teams and has been arguably the best athlete in any sport multiple times. Westbrook, Harden and Kawhi were all better than he was this year.

Did I expect him to average a triple-double, most definitely not, but I saw him posting big numbers with the kind of motivation and team he had this season.

"What are you going to do about it at the end of the day?" he told reporters.

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Among players still remaining in the postseason, only Curry comes close to James's playoff Game Score, and even that puts him more than four points behind.

Harden, meanwhile, became the first player ever to score 2,000 points and assist on 2,000 points in a single season, creating the most points per game (scored or assisted) in the National Basketball Association this season with 56.2.

In the series opener, James led Cleveland with 38 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. We estimate how many of those ballots would have their first round foe in second place by awarding second place points at the rate of first or second place ballots a player appears on.

In April, Westbrook made history when he earned his 42nd triple-double of the season, overtaking Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in a single season.