Like I said. Numbers aside.
I'm not a stats man... I dont care for who had how many triple doubles. I have no idea where you get these projections from... but no team that has it's franchise player walk out on them should remain relevant. See cleveland post James, Orlando post Howard, Twolves post KG, New Orleans post CP.... you get what I'm saying.
And D'antoni will always succeed with a 3 point shooting roster with his 7 second style. Regardless of who has the ball... look at Linsanity
Russel won the mvp the year Robertson averaged a trip dub. The same year Wilt averaged 50. It was also well before any kind of analytics... and when players were evaluated by how valuable they were to their team.
Having said that, I expect Harden to win it... just beleive Russ is a gajillion times more valuable to his team
Dont get me wrong, I was totally agreeing with you so it didnt need to be justified. Was merely stating the other side of the argument that is being talked about in favour of Harden.
I agree Russ is more valuable to OKC than Harden is to Houston - who's helped by the system and gamestyle instilled by D'Antoni and the players of the team around him suiting that style, like Lou Williams being brought in.
Cant remember the article I read for those projections. But thats analytics for ya sometimes. Seemed pretty wack to me but guess after how Houston underperformed last year and the changes made with Howard gone and D'Antoni coming in is they projected they be the same or worse this year. But that's predictions for ya, about as helpful as a weather forecast.
As for "no team that has it's franchise player walk out on them should remain relevant. See cleveland post James, Orlando post Howard, Twolves post KG, New Orleans post CP.... you get what I'm saying" They may have lost KD but still had RW who could now do it his way , so its not entirely relevant to what your saying because they only lost 1 of their 2 key pieces, They weren't a 1 superstar team loosing their piece as in all your examples, now if Russ leaves then thats a different story if OKC overperforms. They were still projected to make the playoffs with Russ but at a lower seed than last year (i think 7-8 seed) and with stats and analytics aside I was hoping for exactly that . I could see them getting to the 6-8 seed with Russ this year.
Personally stats aside like you say I think LBJ deserves the MVP every year, particularly the last 3-4 years and including this year, Like he questioned last year.. what is the meaning of most valuable. I mean Steph had an amazing year last year, but thats helped by a solid cast and gamestyle. Like how they lost KD the last 19 games who became their main piece most of this year but still they destroy everyone. Harden and Houston are in the same ballot as GSW last year which will likely give Harden the upper hand on the MVP award I think.
But Im hoping for Russ. The majority of social media will erupt if he doesn't get it and I think that will peer pressure the NBA MVP voters to sway it his way. Hes creating so much noise about it they gotta give it to him.