Going back as far as 1999, the team that won the NBA championship DID NOT have the MVP winner on their team. There are 5 seasons that serve as an exception within that time frame.
2000 Lakers had O’Neal as MVP and also were the champs.
2003 Spurs had Duncan as MVP and were the champs.
2012, 2013 Heat had James as MVP and were the champs both years.
2015 Warriors had Curry as MVP and were the champs.
Last I checked, basketball has and always been a team sport. And despite the exceptions, the stats back up and support the fact that it is a team sport. Teams win championships, players win MVPs.
The Mavericks and the Thunder played one another on Monday night. It ended up being a tightly contested game that came down to a game-winner taken by Russell Westbrook in the last 15 seconds for OKC. In the postgame talk it was mentioned that when Russell Westbrook’s gets one of his triple-doubles, the Thunder end up with the win.
Westbrook triple-double count reached 37 after defeating Dallas. Thunder win count at 42.
Now, Russell Westbrook is surrounded by good role players. LeBron James, James Harden, and even Stephen Curry have solid players around them to help take the weight off of the stars’ shoulders. Russell Westbrook doesn’t have that luxury. It is him or an OKC loss. This doesn’t say much for the Thunder as a team, but it speaks volume for the argument that says Westbrook is deserving of the MVP.
Cleveland, Houston, Golden State and San Antonio are CHAMPIONSHIP contenders and all have enough firepower to go the distance. And because of all of the help they get, it takes their star players out of the running for MVP.