NBA legend Allen Iverson is still very well-respected in the eyes of some of today's biggest stars, and that respect is mutual.
Iverson still watches a ton of NBA action and recently named Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas as his favorite players in today's game to watch.
However, when it comes to this year's MVP, Iverson said there's only one answer. In fact, The Answer, as a former league MVP (in 2001), has some extra weight when he names his choice.
Iverson told For The Win that he believes Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard, is doing something statistically incredible this season and should be rewarded with the MVP trophy:
"When you’re doing something in this day and age that we’ve never thought we would see ever again; as great as Kawhi is, as great as LeBron is, as great as James Harden is, as great as Isaiah is playing, what Russ is doing is incredible," he said. "You’ve got to take your hat off to him for what he’s doing. And taking nothing away from his team, when it comes to the word ‘superstar,’ he’s not playing with superstars.
"He’s playing with very talented players - he’s got a squad with him, I love his team - but him being the only superstar, and that team going as he goes, he have to recognize that. Get your popcorn before the game starts if your watching a Russell Westbrook.”
The thing Westbrook is doing that we haven't seen in this day and age is averaging a triple-double - 31.9 points (best in the NBA), 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game.
As for Westbrook's teammates, Iverson was being diplomatic at best. Westbrook is a one-man show most nights, with occasional help from big men Steven Adams and Enes Kanter and occasionally from guard Victor Oladipo.
The Thunder have won back-to-back games against the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz - two of the Western Conference's best teams - but prior to that, they'd lost four straight.
If Oklahoma City gets hot and starts giving Westbrook some help, the Thunder could be a tough out in the playoffs. But, if they revert to standing around and watching Westbrook try to do it all, they'll likely lose in the first round.
At the moment, the Thunder are 37-29 overall, good for the No. 6 seed in the West. However, they're only half a game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies. Keeping the No. 6 spot is important, though, as it means OKC would avoid a first-round matchup against either the Spurs or the Golden State Warriors.
Even an MVP like Westbrook would have trouble taking down one of the NBA's best teams without some help.