And of course, there's Russell Westbrook and his quest to become only the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double.
On Friday's episode of "Undisputed" on FS1, Chris Broussard joined Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to explain why he's leaning toward voting for Westbrook as the 2017 NBA MVP. But first, Shannon gave his perspective on why another big night from the OKC point guard doesn't make him the favorite to win the award.
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Shannon makes his case against Westbrook
SHANNON: "He's still in fourth place on my ballot. I got James Harden No. 1, I got LeBron James No. 2, I got Kawhi Leonard, because they win with or without Kawhi, at three, and I got Russell fourth.
"I mean, he's 7-of-21, he was 1-for-6 from the 3-point line? No. They're on pace to win 45 games now. I'm not giving the MVP to a guy that wins 45 games. I don't care if he averages a triple-double."
CHRIS: "I've been thinking long and hard about this. This is the toughest — and I'm a voter — this is the toughest MVP race in years.
"Because you've got Kawhi and Harden leading their teams to surprisingly good seasons, although now the Rockets are down to about a 55-win pace, which is hurting him. You got LeBron, who's always in it. And you got Westbrook.
"Usually, you wouldn't consider a guy from a 45-win team. But I've looked at Westbrook, what he's doing — I think there's a surprising number of people, yourself, Colin Cowherd, Mark Cuban, I've talked to people around the league, who are saying, 'He's just playing for triple-doubles now, he's just grabbing rebounds from his bigs.'
"People are belittling what Westbrook's doing. I've got a few reasons why he has now moved atop my list, assuming he maintains the triple-double and that they stay roughly on a 45-win pace, I'd like to see it get better."
Chris: Westbrook's triple-double average is more impressive than you think
CHRIS: "No. 1, we know he doesn't have much around him. He's beaten San Antonio, Houston, Cleveland this year. He's beaten the Clippers, Miami, which is playing well, Memphis, Utah, and Boston twice each, okay?
"Then beyond that, what did he do last night? He matched Wilt Chamberlain, 31 triple-doubles in a season. Looks like he's going to match Oscar Robertson.
"The numbers, the fact that anybody today is putting up numbers that can match those two guys and even other people in that era, is incredible, because as we all know, the numbers that they put up in the '60s were superhuman. Why?
"No. 1, the pace of play was ridiculously fast. Teams averaged 108 shots in 1962, when Oscar averaged a triple-double. Teams today average 85 shots. Teams back then shot 42 percent; now, they shoot 45 percent.
"So there were 56 more rebounds available every game back then, then there are now. That's why Wilt and Bill Russell and Elgin Baylor and Gus Johnson and Oscar, all these guys averaged like 18, 19, 25 rebounds a game, okay?"
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Chris: You can't overlook the NBA's racial history
CHRIS: "Second reason. Let's keep it real. There was the unwritten rule that you could only have so many black players in the league in the early '60s. It wasn't until the late-60s when you saw maybe teams being majority black. So you might have three, four, maybe five black players on a team back then, some maybe even less.
"Imagine if you took out, say, two-thirds of the black players in today's NBA and filled them with white players. What kind of numbers would a Shaq put up? A LeBron James? They would average triple-doubles. They would average 25 rebounds. They would average 50 [points].
"To think that a guy, when the league has the absolute best players in the world today, all over the world to find 'em, there's no racial barriers to whoever wants to be in the league — and this guy is averaging a triple-double. He's 6'3"! And the team is about as good as it should be.
"Looking at this deeply has really made me say I gotta go with Russ, assuming he keeps up this triple-double pace."
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Skip: 'Extraordinary' Westbrook is the MVP
SKIP: "This is one of the great athletic achievements we have ever seen. You can say it's selfish, it's solo, whatever you want to say, but it's just extraordinary, the energy with which he attacks the game of basketball every, every, every night. Every possession.
"He was really good last night. He's not much of a 3-point shooter, that is not his forte, and [Shannon's] right. ... But he doesn't have a lot around him.
"I watch every game. That was the first time in the last five games in which his teammates played as hard as Russell always plays. ... That was his first triple-double ever against the San Antonio Spurs. They just couldn't deal with him. ...
"It's just extraordinary. I'm sorry, it's the MVP. ... Last night, Russell was Russell, and I'm going to stick with my preseason prediction: He's going to average a triple-double, and then Chris Broussard will vote for him for MVP."