Blake Griffin‘s leap has catapulted him into discussions that were unfamiliar to him prior to this season.
Many now look at him was the best power forward in the NBA. Some believe he’s now the best player on the Clippers, a title that once belong to Chris Paul. That previous statement also means Griffin is now being thrusted into top-5 player in the NBA discussions. And to top it all off, some think Griffin deserves some MVP mention as he’s having the best season of his career.
But Griffin doesn’t agree with those that thinks he has a shooter’s chance as the NBA MVP of the 2013-14 season.
“No, I think the MVP race is a two-man race.”
The two men Griffin is referring to are Lebron James and Kevin Durant. And Griffin is right. We can speak on several players who have played well this season: Griffin, James Harden, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Joakim Noah, Stephen Curry, etc., but when it comes to crowning the league MVP, only Durant and James deserve true considerations. It was like that the last two seasons as James edged out Durant for consecutive MVP awards, and with Durant looking to pull away for the award this season, the race may remain that way until Lebron James’ decline begins or another player forces himself into the discussion.
Regardless of Griffin’s inability to directly impact the MVP award at the moment, his efforts won’t go unnoticed. Earlier yesterday, the NBA announced that Griffin had been named the Western Conference Player of the Week as he posted averages of 27 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists over a four-game stretch, a stretch in which the Clippers went undefeated.
Looking at the player Doc Rivers has transformed Griffin into, it’s unfair attempting to judge his ceiling, but until he reaches that peak it’s safe to say that Durant and James will have their hands on the DNA of the MVP award.