NBA Metrics 101: Best Seasons That Didn’t Result in MVP

Not every great season in NBA history is rewarded with an MVP trophy.

This year, another all-time campaign will go unrecognized. If Russell Westbrook ends up holding the Maurice Podoloff Trophy after averaging a season-long triple-double, James Harden will be left out. The reverse will hold true if the bearded guard is the voters’ favorite. And either way, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James won’t be cheap nike nfl jerseys china  given enough credit for their incredible efforts.

But will any of these current studs submit one of the best seasons in NBA history that didn’t result in an MVP? In addition to ranking the top 20 (limited to one per player), this article will also let you know where those aforementioned superstars would sit if they maintained their current level of play until the end of the regular season and then failed to win the most prominent individual award.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 21:  Tracy McGrady #1 of the Orlando Magic waits for play to begin against the Sacramento Kings during the NBA game at Arco Arena on November 21, 2003 in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 122-92.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Tracy McGrady #1 of the Orlando Magic waits for play to begin against the Sacramento Kings during the NBA game at Arco Arena on November 21, 2003 in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 122-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As always in the Metrics 101 series, the rankings will be determined in wholly objective fashion.

We’re drawing from a pool of 105 individual seasons earned by 54 different contributors throughout NBA history. Those 105 featured players on the losing ends of MVP races still drew enough love from voters to earn at least 0.3 MVP shares, which typically means they were either the No. 2 finisher during a runaway season from the actual winner or in contention with multiple players during a tight year. Either way, they were highly relevant to the basketball landscape.

Within that group, ranks were determined in each of the following categories:

Player efficiency rating (PER), which rewards both volume and efficiency while giving a boost to those who engage in the most high-scoring exploits.
Win shares (WS), which boost to players who A) play a lot, B) cheap nfl nike jerseys china play effectively and C) play for winning teams.
NBA Math’s total points added (TPA), which account for total value more than the offensively tilted PER. TPA only dates back to 1973-74, so all eligible seasons prior to its inception didn’t see this metric factor into the equation.

All 105 qualified seasons had their ranks in each category averaged, using stats heading into games on March 26.nfl nike jersey cheap

Stephen Curry’s Message to Backup Quinn Cook: ‘You Better Not Hesitate’

It’s impossible to fill the shoes of a two-time MVP. Especially one who is the entire system of his team.

But with Stephen Curry potentially out through the first round of the NBA playoffs, Quinn Cook will have to lead the ailing Golden State Warriors in his absence.

For Cook, who has played 24 games with the Warriors this season, it’s all about finding the confidence to play his game. That’s exactly what the Warriors need from him during their bizarre injury pileup cheap custom nfl jerseys .

“That’s the biggest thing for me is the coaches, all the vets are telling me to do that,” Cook said of having the confidence to play his style. “When it’s your first year on the team and you’ve had some struggles at times, certain guys, certain coaches [would be like], ‘Maybe he can’t do it at this level’ or would tell me to pass the ball a little bit more.cheap customized nfl jerseys “9bd875ef7ae2ea40026cb37048aa081b_crop_north

Cook doesn’t need that. When the rest of the starting lineup is comprised of Nick Young, Patrick McCaw, JaVale McGee and Kevon Looney—as it was during Sunday’s blowout loss to the Utah Jazz—he needs to be the offense. He’s done just that recently, as he’s averaged 20.6 points, 5.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds over the Warriors’ last five games.

“I’m telling you, Steve [Kerr], every player on my team: Dot [Livingston], Kevin [Durant], Steph [Curry], Draymond [Green], all of them were telling me to keep shooting. If you hesitate, they would get mad cheap nfl custom jerseys at you. So the fact that they kept their nike nfl jerseys cheap confidence in me has really been the reason I’ve been able to have some high-scoring games. It’s because they really believed in my ability.”

This isn’t just stat-stuffing, daily fantasy numbers. The Warriors still need Cook to be a contributor when Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green return. And so long as Curry remains sidelined, Cook could be a difference-maker in the first round of the playoffs, too.

To keep producing the way the Warriors need him to, Cook has to keep his confidence up. That’s a team effort in and of itself.nfl jerseys cheap nike

“I remember Steph telling me, ‘I don’t care if you go 0-of-25. That 26th shot, you better not hesitate.’ To hear that from a guy like that, it does a lot for your confidence. It really shows you I can stop putting pressure on myself and really play my game.”