Since the return of Russell Westbrook after a knee injury that sidelined him for a couple months, people have argued that Westbrook’s return is hurting Kevin Durant’s MVP campaign.
Is that the case? No, not necessarily, and if the Durant wants to win a title, then he is going to want Westbrook on the floor.
The MVP race is a tight two-way race between Durant and LeBron James. Durant may have a little edge over James for the MVP right now but not much, if any.
Now to the big question: Is Westbrook affecting Durant’s MVP campaign?
When watching the Thunder play, it may seem as though Westbrook is taking away from Durant’s stats, but that’s not the case at all. Durant may not be taking as many shots as he did when Westbrook was out but that’s the only significant change.
The Thunder may not be as hot since Westbrook’s return but that is because they are still getting in the flow of him being on the court. It’s going to take sometime for the team to piece it all back together with Westbrook as point guard.
This team is never going to win a title without Westbrook (just look at the playoffs last season) and Durant’s MVP title is not affected by the return of Westbrook.