The official NBA MVP award, voted by the media, will come down to Warriors point guard Stephen Curry or Rockets swingman James Harden. But who do NBA players think that deserves to win the Maurice Podoloff trophy?
We asked that question to 29 NBAers in the last few days. It was a close contest, but Harden was the one that ended up prevailing.
All the players polled picked Harden and Stephen Curry in their Top 3, but only the Rockets guard was among the first two choices every time. That's why he comes out on top.
Russell Westbrook, who has carried the injury-plagued Thunder all season long, finished at No. 3 ahead of LeBron James. Anthony Davis, who leads the league in PER and is likely playoff bound, was No. 5.
Chris Paul, Pau Gasol and Dwyane Wade were the only others getting votes.
|1st PLACE VOTES||2nd PLACE VOTES||3rd PLACE VOTES|
|1. James Harden||15||14|
|2. Stephen Curry||12||13||4|
|3. Russell Westbrook||2||1||9|
|4. LeBron James||13|
|5. Anthony Davis||1|
|6. Chris Paul||1|
|6. Pau Gasol||1|
|6. Dwyane Wade||1|