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Should Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook Be Considered an MVP Candidate?

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There’s no question the Oklahoma City Thunder contain one of the best duos in the league between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant as they look to reach the NBA Finals for the second-straight season–only this time hopefully they can win. As long as these two players stay healthy, there’s no question this team has what it takes to be top of the contenders in the Western Conference once again, but the main question everybody wants to know is could Westbrook take home MVP honors at the end of the season?

Obviously, Durant will see his name in the picture of MVP at the end of the season, but with the way Westbrook has been playing–it’s difficult not to place the guard’s name in the MVP race. So far on the season, Westbrook is averaging 23 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game and is one of the main reasons why the Thunder have the best records in the league right now.

Durant will always considered one of the top players in the league, but it’s difficult to ignore the type of numbers Westbrook has been putting up so far during the 2012-13 season. As long as he manages to stay healthy, Durant will always see his name in the talks of MVP, but the debate can be made that Westbrook should see his name up there as well.

If Durant wasn’t on the roster–there’s no question that Westbrook would be MVP on this team and he’ll be a key factor for the team’s success over the rest of the season.

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