Triple-double talk aside, history shows why Russell Westbrook won’t win NBA MVP

Game Youth Jaye Howard Jersey Russell Westbrook is having a year for the ages, but if history tells us anything, he won’t be taking home the NBA’s MVP award at season’s end.

Make no mistake about it, the Thunder superstar is putting together one of the greatest individual seasons in NBA history. With averages of 31.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.0 assists, he’s on track to become the first NBA player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson more than 50 years ago.

Williams won’t likely run as many pick-and-rolls in Houston, but he will be counted on to improve their bench. With Harden on the court this season, the Rockets are averaging 113.5 points per 100 possessions. Without him, that number drops to 105.4 points per 100 possessions. Seeing as the Lakers scored 9.1 points per 100 possessions more when Williams was on the court 鈥?basically the difference between the Knicks and Warriors in offensive efficiency 鈥?they’re hoping he can have a similar impact on the Rockets.

There’s no reason why Williams shouldn’t have a similar impact, either. Mike D’Antoni will probably use him as the Harden of the second unit, running pick-and-rolls with Montrezl Harrell while Eric Gordon and Sam Dekker space the floor around him. The biggest difference when compared to his time with the Lakers is he’ll have to take more of a backseat role when sharing the court with Harden by functioning as a spot-up shooter and secondary playmaker.

Game Youth Alex Rodriguez Jersey Hield has made 14 straight starts for the Kings. He first cracked the their top five on March 10, when he put up 18 in the first half, including four 3-pointers, before going scoreless the final 24 minutes of the contest in a 130-122 loss at home against the Wizards. Nonetheless, it was a preview of what was to come. As a starter for Sacramento, Hield is averaging 15.2 points, more than five better than his season average, on 47.3 percent shooting (41.3 from 3) as the Kings have gone 6-8.

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