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Blake Griffin says he doesn’t deserve MVP consideration, is correct

Mar 18, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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Here’s the list of 2013-14 NBA MVP candidates:

That’s it. Nobody else is even close.

If you’re an NBA player, you can choose yourself for MVP. You’re entitled to that self-confidence. Otherwise, if you’re stumping for anyone other than Durant or LeBron, you’re doing it wrong.

And if you are an NBA player, as Blake Griffin shows, you don’t have to exercise that right to be irrational.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

Do you feel you are at an MVP status based on your recent accomplishments and performances for the Clippers?

“Naw, I think the MVP race is a two-man race,” Griffin responded.

As I said, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with a player having delusional faith in himself. For many, that contributes to the drive that got them to the NBA.

But it’s sort of refreshing to see a player give such a realistic take.

Griffin, who’s averaging 24.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game and ranks fourth in the NBA in win shares (10.7), is a legitimate candidate for third-place MVP votes. But that’s the only interesting (to me, at least) MVP discussion Griffin belongs in.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Griffin deserves the MTP award. (Most Trouble making Player)

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      No way. This kid came into the league and has been tested from the start (hard fouls, etc.) and he’s done nothing but improve and keep his head. Kudos to Griffin!

  2. casualcommenter - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Agreed with Griffin, though the good news for him is that he took a big step forward this year. Meanwhile, Durant improved a bit this year, while LeBron plateaued (his stats are all either the same or slightly lower than last year, so this is the first year in awhile that LeBron hasn’t improved).

    So while Griffin is not in the MVP race yet, he’s closing the gap with those guys.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      LeBron last season: 26.8 PPG, 8 RPG, 7 APG, 56.5% FG, 41% 3PT, 75.3% FT
      LeBron last season improved a lot as a jump shooter.

      LeBron this season: 26.7 PPG, 7 RPG, 6 APG, 56.9% FG, 37% 3PT, 74.6% FT
      LeBron’s overall production and perimeter shooting has actually gotten worse this year.

      • blackman24 - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        That’s an understatement. Lebron’s perimeter shooting is horrid this year. 38% from the mid range and 40% outside of the paint, but his ball washers claim he is a good shooter because of his 56%.

  3. mrlaloosh - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    All I got to say is:STEVE NASH, TWICE! WTF!

  4. djlexluger - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    LOL Lebron is still the best player in the league you guys are splitting hairs.

    • ranfan12 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      MVP and best player aren’t always in the same connection though

  5. djlexluger - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Oh and I’m not a Lebron “ball washer” just not a hater.

  6. noahbird - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Noah

  7. eaglesw00t - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I really like Griffin. He’s a stand up dude. I wish he played for the Sixers. Maybe we wouldn’t be 0 for our last 21 lol

  8. blakegblogs - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Gotta be mah boy Will Barton….

    LOOOL

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