Can Rondo Win MVP and Score Less than 20 Per Game?
When one peruses the list of NBA MVPs, a common theme emerges. Scoring. By the bunches. Wilt. Kareem. Kobe. Shaq. Michael Jordan. Allen Iverson. LeBron. MVP-in-Waiting, Kevin Durant, fits the bill.
There have been players who have won the award, but scored less than 20 per contest. Celtics fans will recognize these names. Russell, Cowens, and Walton. But this was a long time ago, in an era where value was measured differently, right?
Not so quick.
Steve Nash took home the hardware twice in the mid-2000s. What, pray tell, were his scoring averages during those two seasons? 15.5 and 18.8. Either number is do-able this season for Rondo, and he might surpass both. Nash also averaged 10.5 dimes one season and 11.5 the other, while shooting over 50% from the floor, over 40% from three, and close to or over 90% from the stripe.
So we see a hidden asterisk amid the avalanche of data.
Nash didn't score in bunches game after game, but the dude could shoot.
Is this enough to prevent Rondo from winning the award were he otherwise a player who deserved it?
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