The 76th Sense MVP Race

I had an idea while sitting on my couch watching Luka Doncic showcase his offensive prowess. I should do a 76th Sense MVP watch. 64F0BEF2-CBFB-4A4D-BC36-3C26D96BC5CEWhile watching Deandre Ayton not miss shots, I contemplated the best way to approach this exercise. Since I am only human and can not watch every game every night, I decided to rely mostly on stats. So at the end of the each night (or next morning), I will go through every game and select an MVP from the winning and losing team. These decisions will be based off of the simple stat metrics: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. These stat categories are the easiest to understand value. I will also choose a player of the night, week, and month. Each accolade is worth a predetermined value. At the end of the season, we will have a comprehensive ranking of the top players of the year and the players that are the most valuable to their team. The values for each accolade are as follows:

MVP of losing team: 2 point
MVP of winning team: 3 points
Player of the Night: 5 points
Player of the Week: 8 points
Player of the Month: 12 points

Since I am starting this day two of the season I’ll start out by choosing the players from last night’s games.

Philadelphia MVP – Ben Simmons
19 pts 15 rebs 8 asts 4 stls 2 blks
Season Total: 2 points

Boston MVP – Jayson Tatum
23 pts 9 rebs 3 asts 1 stl
Season Total: 3 points

Oklahoma City MVP – Dennis Schroder
21 pts 9 rebs 6 asts 2 stls 1 blk
Season Total: 2 points

This was the first close call. Paul George had a solid 27 point effort but Schroder played an all around better game.

Golden State Warriors MVP – Steph Curry
32 pts 9 asts 8 rebs 1 stl
Season Total: 3 points

Player of the Night – Ben Simmons
Even with the slightly lower points Simmons pulls out the POTN award for opening night. Ben had an all around game pulling in the 15 boards and packing the stat sheet with 4 steals. He deserves this nod even with the loss.

Season Total: 7 points

Night 2

The second night of the NBA was filled with excitement. We had 5 games decided by 6 points or less. The night was filled with big games, as well. Five players scored over 30 points while another 9 topped the 15 rebound mark. All in all, there was a single triple double and 19 double doubles. Now it’s time we get to the MVPs.

Charlotte MVP – Kemba Walker
41 pts 4 rebs 2 asts 2 stls
Season Total: 2 points

Malik Monk and Kemba combined for 59 of Charlottes 112 points, as well as 11 of the team’s 16 made 3’s.

Milwaukee MVP – Giannis Antetokounmpo
25 pts 18 rebs 8 asts 1 blk
Season Total: 3 points

Huge night for Giannis, pulling in 18 boards. I have to mention that all 5 of Milwaukee’s starters scored in double figures.

Brooklyn MVP – Caris LeVert
27 pts 4 rebs 4 asts 1 stl 1 blk
Season Total: 2

Jarrett Allen receives the honorable mention with the 17 point, 10 rebound night, but LeVert had the best all around night.

Detroit MVP – Andre Drummand
24 points 20 rebs 2 asts 1 blocks
Season Total: 3

Blake Griffin put together a solid night, racking up 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists but that just wasn’t enough to top Drummonds 20 bomb.

Memphis MVP – Marc Gasol
13 pts 6 rebs 3 asts 3 stls
Season Total: 2 points

Not a great showing from Memphis. It was slim pickings but Marc edged out JaMychal Green for MVP.

Indiana MVP – Domantas Sabonis
14 pts 15 rebs 2 asts
Season Total: 3 points

Sabonis becomes our first MVP off the bench!

Miami MVP – Hassan Whiteside
12 pts 18 rebs 2 blks 1 stl
Season Total: 2 points

Goran Dragic had a solid game with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists but 18 boards deserves respect.

Orlando MVP – Aaron Gordon
26 pts 16 rebs 2 asts
Season Total: 3 points

Mo Bamba with a solid debut scoring 13 and adding 7 boards.

Atlanta MVP – Taurean Prince
21 pts 6 rebs 6 asts
Season Total: 2 points

Not much to choose from here. Trae Young had 14 points but shot 1/5 from beyond the arc.

New York MVP – Tim Hardaway Jr
31 pts 6 rebs 6 asts 2 stls
Season Total: 3 points

Cleveland MVP – Cedi Osman
17 pts 10 rebs 4 asts 2 stls
Season Total: 2

Tristan Thompon had 13 boards and Kevin Love dropped 21 but Is man takes it with the double double.

Toronto MVP – Kawhi Leonard
27 pts 12 rebs 2 asts
Season Total: 3

Solid return by Kawhi and the pairing with Lowry looked great. It helped that Lowry went 5-6 from behind the arc enroute to 27.

Houston MVP – James Harden
18 pts 9 rebs 10 asts 3 stls 1 blk
Season Total: 2 points

Harden had a solid line finishing the night only a rebound shy of a triple double. The Rockets had no answer for all of The Pelicans’ weapons.

New Orleans MVP – Anthony Davis
32 pts 16 rebs 8 asts 3 stls 3 blks
Season Total: 3 points

This was the hardest decision of the night. Elfrid Payton had a triple double, with three 10 spots. Nicola Mirotic dropped 30, going 6-8 from 3 and adding 10 boards. While Julius Randle tore it up off the bench, to the tune of 25 points and 8 rebounds.

Minnesota MVP – Jimmy Butler
23 pts 7 rebs 3 asts 4 stls 1 blk
Season Total: 2 points

Jeff Teague had a solid outing, effectively going 8-12 from the floor for 27 points. Karl Anthony-Towns took just 6 shots to total 8 points.

San Antonio MVP – LaMarcus Aldridge
21 pts 19 rebs 2 asts 3 blks 1 stl
Season Total: 3 points

Huge game out of LaMarcus, Derozan looked solid in his 28 point Spurs debut. Could be an exciting year in San Antonio!

Sacramento MVP – De’Aaron Fox
21 pts 7 asts 4 rebs 3 stls
Season Total: 2 points

The Kings saw 3 solid statistical games out of Fox, Cauley-Stein, and Bjelica.

Utah MVP- Rudy Gobert
19 pts 15 rebs 3 blks
Season Total: 3 points

The Math teacher Joe Ingles went 4-6 from deep and Donovan Mitchell scored 24 in the win

Dallas MVP – Deandre Jordan
11 pts 12 rebs 1 ast 1 stl 1 block
Season Total: 2 points

Dallas had 6 players with double digit points but none higher than Powell’s 16.

Phoenix MVP – Deandre Ayton
18 pts 10 rebs 6 asts 1 stl 1 block
Season. Total: 3 points

Devin Booker had 35 points and 7 assists but I have to give the MVP to the rookie with the double double.

Los Angeles MVP – Tobias Harris
19 pts 10 rebs 1 asts 3 blks
Season Total: 2 points

The Clippers had two bench players reach double digit points, and three starts with under 10.

Denver MVP – Nikola Jokic
21 pts 8 rebs 5 asts 1 stl 1 block
Season Total: 3 points

Paul Millsap had a solid 16 rebound double double while Gary Harris dropped 20.

Player of the Night – Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis did it all tonight 32 points, 16 boards, and 8 assists would normally be a no brainer for the POTN award. LaMarcus Aldridge’s 21 and 19 were impressive, as well as Andre Drummond dropping 24 points while hauling in 20 boards. In the end, Anthony Davis rounding out his night with 3 steals and 3 blocks sealed his fate as the night 2 MVP.

Season Total: 8

The second night of the NBA seasons was full of excitement and surprises. The big men led the way in dominant performances. As the rust falls off and the season progresses, I’m curious to see how these roles are defined.

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