If Doc Rivers had an MVP vote this season, his choice would be Kevin Durant but interestingly he would pick Blake Griffin second over LeBron James.
Rivers admits to be a little bit bias because of coaching Griffin in Los Angeles but would still give an edge to the Clippers star despite describing James as: "Still the best player in the NBA."
When asked about Griffin in regards to the MVP race recently, Rivers explained: "I think second because I'm coaching him," I think Durant has had the best year and I honestly think Blake would be right behind him."
Chris Paul has missed a lot of playing time this year through injury and the league has seen the incredible rise of Blake Griffin as his game continues to develop and he is slowly starting to emerge as a superstar in the NBA.
Griffin is averaging a career high 24 points per game this season to go along with 9.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks was also asked about where Griffin lies on the MVP ladder: "Blake is definitely in there, when Chris Paul went out, you saw that he took his game to another level. You also saw his leadership. It's one thing to put numbers up but you have to put numbers up by leading and helping your team win, and that's what he did. He won a lot of games without him. He's going to be an MVP candidate for many years. He's a young player that has improved every year he's been in the league, and that's what you want your players to do."
Durant seems to be the run away favourite for MVP this year but the recognition Griffin is currently receiving does indicate that he will be in Most Valuable Player discussion for many years to come.