Value over Replacement Player (VORP)
Value over Replacement Player calculates the number of points that a player contributed per 100 team possessions above a replacement level player. Again, Russell Westbrook (12.4) leads the way with James Harden (9.0), LeBron James (7.3), Jimmy Butler (6.3), and Kawhi Leonard (6.2) rounding out the top 5.
Win Shares calculates the number of wins that a player produces for his team. Win share was first developed by Bill James and Jim Henzler for baseball. Basketball-reference took that concept and created their own version of this calculation which can generate a negative win share for a player if it is deemed that the player performed poor enough to cost his team wins. James Harden (15.0), Jimmy Butler (13.8), Kawhi Leonard (13.6), Russell Westbrook (13.1), and LeBron James (12.9) are the leaders.
After looking at the categories outlined above, it is starting to look like Russell Westbrook should be awarded the league MVP. To take a secondary angle, I decided to take each statistical category and ranked the 10 players ranked. The player who ranked first was awarded 10 points, second received 9 points, etc. I added all 11 category rank points together and came up with an MVP Pts calculation which lead me to my MVP pick.
Believe it or not, Russell Westbrook ranked first in 6 of the 11 statistics and accumulated an MVP score of 83. His only blemish was in True Shooting percentage where he ranked tenth. James Harden (77), Kawhi Leonard (72), Kevin Durant (67) and LeBron James (66) round out the top 5. So, either way we sliced the data, Russell Westbrook emerged as the clear-cut favorite to win the MVP. Now, we will just have to wait and see what the official vote looks like.
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