You can make a good case for Anthony Davis to be the MVP — he’s scoring 24.7 points a game on 54 percent shooting, he’s pulling down 10.4 rebounds a game and blocking 2.9 shots a night. His PER of 31.1 this season would be not only the best in the NBA this season but in the top 10 all time (with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan).
But he’s not going to win it, not on a Pelicans team that will miss the playoffs. He should be on voter’s five-deep ballots, but he’s not going to win it.
Who should? If you ask Davis, he says James Harden.
Davis was on the Dan Patrick Show Monday mostly talking Kentucky, but Patrick asked him about the MVP race. Davis tried not to pick anyone, but then eventually leaned Harden.
“It’s tough. A lot of guys are playing out of their mind. James Harden, Russ (Westbrook), Steph (Curry), LeBron (James)…
“(Harden is) out of his mind. He’s definitely playing out of his mind. We talk about this on my team every day. It’s like every day. I think with him not having Dwight [Howard] for as much as he did, and he still competed and is still winning games for them, it’s unreal.”
Harden and Stephen Curry seem to be the frontrunners right now. Russell Westbrook and LeBron James seem just half a step back as momentum builds for the vote. Davis is on the outside looking in, Chris Paul has people making his case — and he’s been making it on the court lately — but he seems to be coming from too far behind in most voters’ eyes.
None of that is fair; any one of those guys could claim legitimate claim to the crown. But the smart money is on Curry.
Depends on what day you ask me.