The NBA season that is older is and also the new NBA season feels so far away. All the free agents are signed, Summer League is at the novels, and all we’ve got now is fantasies of games to come and your NBA schedule release.
But that does not mean we can’t talk about next season’s MVP race. This season proved to be a win for James Harden, but 2017’s race between Russell and Harden Westbrook was an all-timer, and next season’s race looks wide open.
What exactly does it take to win NBA MVP? Three criteria stand out:
He’s got to score a lot. Basketball is more than just scoring, but MVPs are in the thick of their scoring race.
He has to win a good deal. NBA MVPs since 1990 typical 63 wins, and they almost always play to get a top-3 seed. We frequently get it wrong As soon as we pick on MVPs from lesser teams. MVPs must be winners.
He has to have a winning story.
That final point is most important of all. The NBA MVP tells the story of this season, and voters need to buy into that story. Did a candidate conquer something important? Did he surprise everybody? Did he prove he is really”precious,” whatever that means?