espn.com - 11 days ago
LeBron odd man out on MVP finalists short list
The Most Valuable Player award will come down to Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard while LeBron James was snubbed.
James was left out of the MVP award running on Friday when the NBA announced finalists for each of its six big season awards on TNT. The Cavaliers star set career-highs in assists (8.7) and rebounds per game (8.6) this season. Despite becoming the third player to average 25 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor in a single season, James will not be able to win a fifth MVP award. Oklahoma City's Westbrook and Houston's Harden have been considered the top two contenders for the Most Valuable Player award. With Kevin Durant moving on to Golden State, Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double in a season, finishing with 42 triple-doubles, breaking Robertson's previous single-season record of 41 in 1961-62. Westbrook led the NBA in total points and was second in total assists, averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists and the Thunder went 33-9 when he recorded a triple-double. Harden became the first player to score 2,000 points and assist on 2,000 points in a season in NBA history, creating the most points per game (scored or assisted) in the NBA this season with 56.2.
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