NBA MVP Predictions: Russell Westbrook should win after monster year

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This season the race for the NBA MVP is the most open in recent history with many top stars fighting for the right to be named the best player of the 2014-15 NBA season.

There are four big names though who have broken away from the pack and are currently fighting for the honour.

Here is what you need to know about each of them.

LeBron James:

He started the season out slowly and had to deal with an injury, many believed that the Cavaliers were a bust and that the new "Big Three" was more hype then anything else. LeBron though has taken the Cavs from merely scraping by in the lowly Eastern Conference, to becoming one of the most legitimate threats in all of the NBA.

Just like the Heat took time to gel and get chemistry, so did the Cavs and now that they are on fire in the association they have one man to thank, LeBron James.

Stat Line: PPG: 25.7 (3rd)   RPG: 5.9   APG: 7.3 (7th)  SPG: 1.6 (19th)  BPG: 0.7

Stephen Curry: 

Curry has been the name on the fans lips since the start of the season. He is the leader of the best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors. Curry has had a great year and has been in consideration for the MVP all season long. The only downfall that Curry has is that he seems to shrink when facing big competition.

While probably just nerves he has to overcome that to be looked at as the best in the league. Curry has enjoyed quite the shooting season, seemingly making every shot he puts up. He has been special.

Stat Line: PPG: 23.7 (6th)  RPG: 4.3  APG: 7.9 (6th)  SPG: 2.1 (3rd)  BPG: 0.2

James Harden: 

Just like Stephen Curry, James Harden has been in contention for the NBA MVP since the start of the season and has had quite the year with the Houston Rockets, who are currently sitting in third in the Western Conference, even without having Dwight Howard for a big chunk of the season.

Harden has led a team that may even have a chance to finish second in the Western Conference, higher than many would have predicted. Harden has been a scoring machine and one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the NBA.

Stat Line: PPG: 27.2 (2nd)  RPG: 5.7  APG: 7.0 (9th)  SPG: 1.9 (6th)  BPG: 0.8

Russell Westbrook: 

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a rough start to the season, both Westbrook and Durant were injured for a considerable amount of time. Westbrook came back and led the team to a playoff spot (at time of writing). Durant returned and did contribute but got injured again and has missed more games than he's played on the season.

Russell Westbrook is the sole reason that the Oklahoma City Thunder find themselves in a playoff spot in the power house Western Conference. Although Westbrook has missed some games due to injury, he has to be considered as he is putting up Xbox like numbers - he has 9 triple doubles in just 59 games.

Stat Line: PPG: 27.6 (1st)  RPG: 7.2  APG: 8.6 (4th)  SPG: 2.1 (2nd)  BPG: 0.2

Prediction: Russell Westbrook

The numbers that Russell Westbrook is putting up are just ridiculous. He has been able to lead his team into a playoff spot without last years MVP, Kevin Durant. Westbrook may have lost a lot of time to injury but that shouldn't be held against him.

The only two reasons that voters may be reluctant to vote Westbrook would be the time he has missed from his injury as well as the fact that the OKC Thunder are only in 8th place in the West. Westbrook is a machine and you can't hold an injury against him, if there was no injury many would believe that Oklahoma City would be much higher in the standings.

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Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
James Harden
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
LeBron James

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