Sunday, 2 August 2015

NBA 2017 MVP race – final results

(Originally posted on Thursday, 13 April 2017)

All the data I used I found on this site:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/

The regular season is over and this is the final MVP list.

With the assumptions described in this post:
http://glen-cook-fan-site.blogspot.com/2016/11/nba-2017-mvp-race-part-1.html ,
according to the data from the whole regular season the final NBA 2017 MVP race list is this:

1. James Harden:    2380.35    (team wins: 55)
2. Russell Westbrook:    2180.33    (team wins: 47)
3. Stephen Curry:    2062.17    (team wins: 67)
4. Kevin Durant:    1803.26    (team wins: 67)
5. Kawhi Leonard:    1800.17    (team wins: 61)
6. LeBron James:    1751.65    (team wins: 51)
7. John Wall:    1667.32    (team wins: 49)
8. Isaiah Thomas:    1635.51    (team wins: 53)
9. DeMar DeRozan:    1488.78    (team wins: 51)
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo:    1475.01    (team wins: 42)

Russell Westbrook had a historic season, but the Oklahoma City Thunder finished at the 10th place in the league (6th place in Western Conference) and it dragged his MVP value too much down. James Harden was almost as impressive individually as Westbrook and the Houston Rockets finished at the 3rd place in the league (3rd place in Western Conference). That's why James Harden won the race.

Accumulating as much triple doubles as possible was cool and impressive, but on its own it didn’t make Russell Westbrook the MVP. The team results are as important as personal results and James Harden has a clear advantage over Russell Westbrook in this regard.

To me the winner of the race is clear: James Harden, but I understand why many people would vote for Westbrook. In this article:
http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/even-in-maybe-the-tightest-nba-mvp-race-ever-one-man-does-stand-out-from-the-rest/
there are some quotes that made me smile:

I grew ill while debating the MVP and I absolutely blame my failing health on this decision.
(…)
I had decided who I was "decided on" eight times, including four in the span of the final 48 hours.


By the way, the author of the article agrees with me:

So, yeah, I didn't make the call on who the MVP is lightly.
The MVP is James Harden.


Here's a longer version of my list:
1. James Harden:    2380.35    (team wins: 55)
2. Russell Westbrook:    2180.33    (team wins: 47)
3. Stephen Curry:    2062.17    (team wins: 67)
4. Kevin Durant:    1803.26    (team wins: 67)
5. Kawhi Leonard:    1800.17    (team wins: 61)
6. LeBron James:    1751.65    (team wins: 51)
7. John Wall:    1667.32    (team wins: 49)
8. Isaiah Thomas:    1635.51    (team wins: 53)
9. DeMar DeRozan:    1488.78    (team wins: 51)
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo:    1475.01    (team wins: 42)
11. Klay Thompson:    1457.23    (team wins: 67)
12. Rudy Gobert:    1396.48    (team wins: 51)
13. Jimmy Butler:    1329.25    (team wins: 41)
14. Kyrie Irving:    1321.31    (team wins: 51)
15. DeAndre Jordan:    1306.45    (team wins: 51)
16. LaMarcus Aldridge:    1283.77    (team wins: 61)
17. Damian Lillard:    1250.38    (team wins: 41)
18. Gordon Hayward:    1236.34    (team wins: 51)
19. Anthony Davis:    1223.31    (team wins: 34)
20. Chris Paul:    1183.29    (team wins: 51)
21. Blake Griffin:    1179.29    (team wins: 51)
22. Kyle Lowry:    1158.50    (team wins: 51)
23. Bradley Beal:    1154.42    (team wins: 49)
24. Hassan Whiteside:    1116.96    (team wins: 41)
25. Paul George:    1109.56    (team wins: 42)
26. Jeff Teague:    1098.19    (team wins: 42)
27. Marc Gasol:    1082.65    (team wins: 43)
28. Karl-Anthony Towns:    1067.47    (team wins: 31)
29. Al Horford:    1051.79    (team wins: 53)
30. Kevin Love:    1041.34    (team wins: 51)

Please notice that in the top 30 there are only 2 players whose teams recorded less than 41 wins – Anthony Davis (19th place) and Karl-Anthony Towns (28th place). I didn't calculate the MVP value of players who changed their teams, for example DeMarcus Cousins.

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