Isaiah Thomas thinks he should be third in the MVP vote
IT4 thinks he's number 3.
The little guy, who has had an unreal season, carrying the Celtics to their first one seed in almost a decade, has put together a great resume for MVP. Problem is the guys he's up against:
At least he's pragmatic.Isaiah Thomas said on @CSNNE he believes he should finish 3rd in #NBA MVP vote, behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden. #Celtics— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) April 15, 2017
While Isaiah has had a terrific season, and sits in third place in scoring behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden, it's tough to say he'll be number three in MVP voting.
His competition for the third spot consists of Kawhi Leonard, who's averaging 25.5 points per game on 48.5% shooting and 38% from deep. He's also vying for his third straight defensive player of the year award. Last guy to do that consecutively was Dwight Howard from 2008-09 to 2010-11.
Then there's the repeat offender: LeBron James, who seems to always be in the MVP conversation. He's won it four times, with his last trophy coming in the 2012-13 season. He's having one of the best campaigns of his career, averaging the most rebounds and assists ever since coming into the association in 2003. He also just set the record for most seasons with 25+ ppg, surpassing Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Karl Malone, who each had 12.
Then you've also got the Golden State Warriors stars, Stephen Curry (who's won the last two MVP's), and Kevin Durant, who continues to kill it on a new team.
So is there room for Isaiah? It doesn't make a huge difference where he falls, but it'd be nice for the little guy to get some recognition for his awesome season.
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