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Russell Westbrook says he doesn’t care about winning MVP, wants title

Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 05: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder calls out to his teammates against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 5, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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It is far, far too early to have a serious MVP discussion in the NBA.

But if you were, Russell Westbrook would be the favorite. Other guys would and should get mentions — James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, et al. — but Westbrook is averaging 30.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 11.3 assists per game, with a dozen triple-doubles and leading the Thunder to a 14-9 record.

Westbrook, you excited to be the early leader in this race?

That is exactly what you would expect Westbrook to say.

Of course, he’s only got a shot at one of those two things this year, and a ring isn’t one of them. No matter how well he plays.