MVP Race: Where Does Indiana Pacers’ Paul George Rank?
NBA MVP Race: Where Does Indiana Pacers' Paul George Rank After Week 7?
We are seven weeks into the NBA season, and the NBA MVP race is still pretty close. It appears to be a three-man race at this point, but there are a couple other players who are worthy of being mentioned. But what Indiana Pacers fans want to know is where does Paul George rank at this point?
George is easily the biggest surprise among the Top 5 of the MVP race. While people started to see the underlying superstar in George last season, no one expected him to be part of the MVP conversation this season.
It’s great for Pacers fans to have someone to chant, “MVP, MVP, MVP” for each game, and George has placed himself among the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
The NBA MVP Top 3 have been the same since Week 1, but the other two spots continue to change on an almost weekly basis. Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and James Harden have all made valid cases for being among the Top 5 at one point or another this year.
So where does everyone rank this week? Who fills the final two spots among the Top 5? Do you agree with the choices? Let’s find out.
5. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge went from wanting to be traded to making a run at the NBA MVP. Maybe it's a coincidence that Aldridge is playing the best basketball of his career after the trade talks, but his 23.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 blocks have helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to the best record in the Western Conference.
4. Chris Paul
Just like LaMarcus Aldridge, the trade talks have surrounded Chris Paul this season and he happens to be having one of the best seasons of his career. Paul is trying to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over their playoff hump and into the NBA Finals, but his 19.7 points, 11.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals are also helping him in the NBA MVP race.
3. LeBron James
It's weird to see LeBron James not in the no. 1 spot for the NBA MVP race. James isn't having a bad year by any means -- he's shooting 59 percent from the field -- but he doesn't feel the like James we've grown to know over the past five years. 25.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game are incredible stats ... unless you're LeBron James. We're only 23 games into the season, so there is a lot of time left for James to step it up a notch and win his fifth MVP.
2. Paul George
Maybe it's a bit crazy to have Paul George ranked No. 2 in the MVP race, but it's fitting considering the crazy season he is having. While George is the go-to player on the Pacers, he isn't the same kind of superstar like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony. The main difference is that George plays team basketball, while the rest tend to have to dominate in order for their team to win. 24.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game have lead the Pacers to the best record in the Eastern Conference and the league.
1. Kevin Durant
The NBA MVP is usually based on the player's stat line and their team's record. Kevin Durant has had the best of both worlds since he has arrived in the NBA, but he also arrived during the reign of LeBron James. His 28.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game make him the best all-around player this season, and it's arguably the best all-around season of his career. His MVP leading season has also helped the Oklahoma City Thunder to the second-best record in the Western Conference.