Colton Kittrell and Michael Elliam

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) is the most praised award in basketball and is given every season. This award is given to the best performing player of the season. What marks a player as the “best” is their points per game (PPG), wins, playoff position, overall stats, and popularity which is determined by the player’s fan base. To find out possible candidates for MVP this season we asked Cedar Ridge students who they thought would be the Most Valuable Player in the 2016-2017 season.

Lebron James

Lebron James is a strong and hardworking Small Forward who loves to win. James averaged 25.3 PPG last season and won the Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers after coming back and winning against the Golden State Warriors. “Lebron is the best player in the world,” Connor Arroyo (10) said.

Damien Lillard

Damian Lillard a.k.a “Dame Dolla” is the star point guard for the Portland Trailblazers. Last season he averaged 25.1 PPG and is the leading scorer for the Blazers. “He carries his team,”

Naponi Jurkin (12) said.

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is no doubt the big time player for the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis plays Power Forward and averaged 24.3 PPG in the 2015-2016 season. “Anthony Davis is the brow,” Colby Schoenrock (10) said.

James Harden

James Harden is an offensive beast, but his defense needs improvement. Harden and his beard averaged 29.0 PPG and led the league in minutes per game (MPG) last season. “James Harden deserves to win because he is a beast. Shoutout to my man Joe,” Stephen Berman (11) said.

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard a.k.a “The Claw” is considered by many as the best two way player in the league. This past season Kawhi averaged 21.2 PPG and won the Defensive Player of The Year Award. “Kawhi Leonard plays hard and always works to achieve,” Geoffrey Agueze (10) said.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is a pure shooter and is easily one of the most efficient players in the NBA. Last season Durant averaged 28.2 PPG and helped his team to the conference finals where they lost to the Warriors. “I think Kevin Durant is the greatest scorer in NBA history,” Isabel Vega (10) said.

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is the starting point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and has some of the best handles in the league. This past season Kyrie averaged 19.6 PPG and played a key role in winning the NBA Finals. “Kyrie is a baller because he is quick and can be very clutch at the end of a game,” Chase Hill (9) said.

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is the best shooter in the NBA and has just recently become the most popular player in the league. Last year Curry averaged 30.1 PPG and led his team to break the record for most wins in a regular season and to the Finals where they lost to the Cavaliers. “Steph Curry will win MVP because he makes a lot of threes,” Kaylinn Rossow (10) said.

Demar Derozan

Demar Derozan is star shooting guard on the Toronto Raptors who loves to shoot the ball. In the 2015-2016 season Derozan averaged 23.5 PPG and helped his team to the playoffs. Now this season Derozan is blowing up the stat sheets as he is the current scoring leader. “He’s a scoring machine,” Jeremiah Gay (10) said.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is an explosive point guard who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook is such a dynamic player who led the league last season for most triple doubles (18) and he averaged 23.5 PPG that same season. “Westbrook is the best and most explosive guard in the league,” Javuon Pitts (10) said.