PBT Extra: Russell Westbrook gets my MVP vote


I don’t want to speak for all the others given the honor and responsibility of a vote on the NBA awards, but I think I can in this case:

Damn, that was a hard decision.

This year’s MVP race was the toughest decision in decades. I studied stats, went back and watched a lot of games and film (on this and other awards), talked to other voters and people around the league I respected, and I sweat out this vote. I literally lost sleep looking at this race and trying to decide on an MVP.

In the end, I voted for Russell Westbrook, with James Harden second and Kawhi Leonard third.

Even choosing the fifth slot was challenging. I get into all of it in this latest PBT Extra.