Mark Cuban Doesn't Believe Russell Westbrook Is Worthy Of 2017 NBA MVP

Not only is the Thunder's star guard putting together an MVP season, but he's also piece together what could go down as one of the best years in the history of the National Basketball Association.

Oklahoma City now sits in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, while Cuban's Mavericks enter the night 25-36 and 2.5 games out of the eighth seed. The only player to average a triple-double for a full season is Milwaukee Bucks legend Oscar Robertson.

Westbrook is averaging 31.7 points, 10.1 assists and 10.7 rebounds per game this season, surely he should at least be in the conversation.

Dallas Mavericks owner mark Cuban has made it clear in the past that he's not really a fan of OKC Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

He was asked about the MVP race before his Mavericks hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder and their superstar guard Russell Westbrook.

"The criteria hasn't changed".

Another outrageous statement to make about a six-time All-Star who has averaged 24.7 points and 8.2 assists per game over the last six seasons. Cuban later added: "It'd be no fun if I changed my mind".

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (25-36): Dallas has won three of four after a 104-100 victory over Memphis at home Friday night, leaving it three games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference entering Saturday.

And it wasn't an unintentional omission - Cuban appears to be doubling down on his criticism of Westbrook from last season. The Rockets have a top-three record after everybody wrote them off - because of James Harden.

If Cuban doesn't believe that Westbrook is the NBA MVP, then that's certainly within his rights, but to completely disqualify Russell as an MVP candidate is pretty reckless on the part of the Dallas Mavericks' owner.

  • Larry Hoffman