You’ll have great players, to all-star players, to MVP caliber players. Some players are great but not great enough to consider them being a candidate for MVP. What makes an MVP? Well, their contributions to their teams pretty much. An MVP leads their team to victory and to a potential playoff spot, and for a potential championship.
For example, Russell Westbrook this season is averaging a triple-double. Westbrooks Oklahoma City Thunder is also going for a playoff spot, Without Kevin Durant. Many people speculated that he’ll never make the playoffs without KD, and that Westbrook is going to either need lots of help or simply go to another team.
But this season, he has proven that he doesn’t need Durant to achieve greatness. OKC is where they are at because of Westbrook, and that is what makes him an MVP, not including the fact that he is averaging a triple-double. James Harden of the Houston Rockets is right behind Westbrook for MVP, but it will most definitely be Russell Westbrook winning the MVP award.
But, on the other side, you have many players who had great seasons, but they never won an NBA MVP Award like Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, John Havlicek, Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing, etc...
Check 5 NBA Stars who will never win an NBA MVP Award.
5. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul is 32 years of age, point guards are typically supposed to decline as they move into their 30s. Throughout NBA history there have been 42 All-Star Guards at the age of 27, compared to only 10 All-Star Guards by the age of 34.
It isn’t just about the age, but the situation Paul is in right now. The Los Angeles Clippers are underperforming, and is bound to blow up after this season. But for Chris Paul to be MVP he has to have contributing teammates around him the whole time. The stars on the Clippers besides Paul is DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Two big men that tend to be fed. If Chris Paul wants an MVP award he better hurry and find another team, and start now, before he starts walking on a cane.
4. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Don’t get me wrong, Green is an excellent basketball player, but he is just not an MVP caliber player. Green is on a fantastic team in the Golden State Warriors, he is only 27, and he was averaging 14.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG and 7.4 APG last season. That was without Kevin Durant.
Green is now on a team that has a BIG 3 in Curry, Thompson and Durant. There are just too many other star caliber teammates he has around him that have a better chance at getting MVP.
3. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Paul George is 27, still very young and he was averaging 23.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 4.1 APG. Those are some great numbers, but those are numbers that can very much be improved. Ever since his leg injury during the USA basketball scrimmage game, he hasn’t been the same. Before the injury, George was excelling and became a star.
The Pacers before his injury was a great team as well with the old Lance Stevenson, David West and Roy Hibbert. After his injury, you could tell that he changed his game completely and was no longer the Paul George everyone knew. Still a great player, but not the greatest he could be.
2. DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans
DeMarcus is an All-Star caliber player, but not an MVP. He was averaging 26.9 PPG, 11.5 RPG and 3.3 APG last season with the Kings. With the Kings. Where he was solo. Now he is with another All-Star caliber and possibly an MVP candidate in the near future in Anthony Davis.
Every time a great player comes to a team with other great players, they will take cuts from their numbers. With Davis being on the same team as Cousins, it does not help him at all if he is going for MVP, Davis is untouchable, he must have the ball most of the time because he simply has more game than Cousins and he also wants to shot from the downtown.
1. Carmelo Anthony
Melo. Melo. Melo. The news just keep getting worse and worse for him. Carmelo is 33 years of age and he was averaging 21.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG and 4.2 APG last season. Carmelo Anthony has sacrificed his own individual glory for the better of his teammates. He is not going to average close to 30 PPG, and it’s far too late for him to become a facilitating point forward. Carmelo is just dying off with the Knicks.
He must go to another team for the sake of his legacy, but it still wouldn’t help him for MVP, maybe a ring though. If he gets lucky.