Westbrook on Sunday put his strongest foot forward by setting the single-season NBA triple double record (42), passing Oscar Robertson’s mark from the 1961-62 season.
Also on Sunday, James Harden put his strongest foot forward to the media, winning. Harden stated that he felt the most important about the MVP award should be winning.
Harden: "I thought winning was what this is about. I’m not going to get into depths, but I thought winning is the most important thing."— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 10, 2017
Harden has led the Rockets to the NBA' third-best record (54-26), scoring 29.2 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds. Westbrook on the other hand, have averaged a triple-double (31.7 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds). The Thunder are in sixth place (46-34) and will face Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference.
Rockets general manager supported his player on Twitter with historical precedent:
More context: '62 MVP #1 Bill Russell (60 Wins-20 Losses),#2 Wilt Chamberlain (49 W-31 L), #3 Oscar Robertson (43 W-37 L, avg triple double) https://t.co/2wRKI4JfFT— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) April 9, 2017
Every MVP for 35 years has come from a 50+ win top 4 seed. To change those standards this year when 2 great candidates meet them seems odd.— nick wright (@getnickwright) April 8, 2017
Voters have until the end of this week to decide who should take home the honor.