Is Winning All That Matters?

Should the number of wins determine MVP?

The NBA playoffs start tomorrow night, and the Rockets and Thunder are set to play their first round starting at 9:00pm. Two of the best players in the league, and both in the running for MVP will face off in a series of seven games.

James Harden told reporters last Saturday:

“I think that’s the most important thing. I thought winning is what this is about, period.”

The last 34 MVPs’ have been ranked in the top three of their respective conferences in wins therefore, Harden does make a point. This past season the Rockets have had 54 wins, Thunder 46, and Spurs 61. If winning should be the only factor then Leonard would take home the trophy over both Harden and Westbrook.


John Schuhmann disagrees with Harden’s statement saying:

“For me, the MVP is about team success and the individual that makes the biggest impact on it. So it’s a combination of how good your team is and the load that you carry.”

It is clear tomorrow the number 3 seed Rockets have an advantage over number 6 Thunder. But, should tomorrows game winner ultimately decide who is better fit to win MVP? Winning should be one of the most important things for a NBA player. However, sometimes it’s how a team’s leader handles adversity and carries the team on their back in the face of losses.

Ultimately, all the candidates have proven throughout the season why they are contenders. If only we could have a MVP 1v1 tournament to decide the outcome. Or better yet, score them ultimately on their facial hair and best pre-game rituals. Tomorrow night will be exciting to watch two of the best players in the league go head to head. Tune into TNT  to watch the action.

Who do you think should be MVP?

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Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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