Preposterous Predictions: The Debate

Trey Vaughan Mitch Carney

This week Trey Vaughan and Mitch Carney will be having a comical debate on the winner of the NBA MVP award. Both debaters have chosen a very unlikely candidate for the award.

Trey Vaughan

I don’t care how many games into the season we are, 10, 11, 12, 80, I would still choose this same sharp-shooting legend as my NBA MVP for this season. The Sooner alumn has become the ‘King’ of the court. Buddy Hield has taken the league by storm. 

This man is playing lights out for a Kings team that is full of young talent and he leads the way. Buddy averages nearly 20 ppg at 19.7. He is shooting at a 53 percent clip from the field, while shooting above 82 from the charity stripe. His free throw numbers could be a bit better, but they are still MVP caliber. 

He has led this team to an early 6-4 record. A team that was arguably the worst in the NBA last year, and was mocked and scoffed at heading into this year like they would be at the bottom of the West again this year. I hate to break it to you, but Buddy Hield is a Sooner, and Sooners don’t play at the bottom of anything. I mean look at Blake Griffin and what he is doing with the Pistons right now. Baker Mayfield has gotten the Browns more wins this year than they did the two years prior. Sooners don’t settle for the bottom. 

Buddy has found himself in amongst the league leaders in the NBA in a few categories. He is 30th in ppg. He is 28th in field goal percentage. He is tied for 25th with 2.4 threes made per game. Hield has also shot 48 percent from beyond the arc this season. Putting him on pace to have a historical 50-40-90 season if he can raise his free throw percentage up from 82.6. 

Buddy will take this Kings team into the Western conference playoffs, mark my word. He might get them to the Western conference finals. No one in the West will be able to take down this team powered by Hield except for the overly stacked Warriors. 

Hield for MVP!

Mitch Carney

Although Trey does make some good points about Buddy Hield I have to disagree yet again. I have to go with the man, the myth, and the legend, Marcus Smart. The “Goat” of the NBA is Michael Jordan, who drafted in 1984 with the third pick in the draft, multiply that by two and you get six, and that’s where Marcus Smart was drafted in 2014. Which also solidifies my reason why Smart is two times better than what Jordan ever was. 

I don’t care about the stats, honestly I don’t care that he comes off the bench, and I definitely don’t care that he is only averaging five ppg. Marcus Smart comes second to no one and deserves the MVP award. Smart is currently averaging five ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4 apg, and 18.5 percent from the three point line. When you look at those stats your not thinking MVP, but the MVP award isn’t just about stats its who is the most valuable which is what Marcus Smart is to the Celtics team. Smart makes winning plays down the stretch like forcing James Harden to force a charge or diving for balls or doing intentional fouls to make the other team shoot free throws at the end of the game. His last name is Smart for a reason. He makes smart basketball plays, he doesn’t have to perform or shoot well to show that he knows what he is doing out there which makes him the most valuable player in the NBA.  He is more valuable than Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Gordon Hayward combined because he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win. 

Steph Curry, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant don’t stand a chance in a one-on-one game against Marcus Smart and definitely not in the MVP race, if people actually knew how to vote in these things, because Marcus Smart is a basketball god and deserves the respect of one. The stats may not show it now, but much like his hometown of Flower Mound, Texas he will blossom into the beautiful flower of the NBA MVP.