Moore: How the Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul Trade Shifts the 2019-20 NBA MVP Landscape

Jul 13, 2019 09:30 PM EDT

Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: James Harden and Russell Westbrook

  • Two of the last three NBA MVPs, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, now share a team after Thursday night's blockbuster Rockets-Thunder trade.
  • Matt Moore (@HPBasketball) discusses how it changes the MVP landscape for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Well… more than two days have passed, so it’s time to update MVP analysis since teams keep changing every 36 hours.

In the wake of the Rockets trading for Russell Westbrook, the landscape has changed again. Two major candidates share a uniform, which isn’t uncommon, but it does shift the dynamics. James Harden has finished top-two in three of the past four years, including one win, and Russell Westbrook has averaged a triple-double for three seasons in a row.

Needless to say, the game has changed.

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