The NBA never sleeps, not even during the offseason. Most basketball fans are probably watching the Rio Olympics, and why wouldn’t they be? It’s been an exciting tournament (for bettors as well over here) so far with some surprises along the way.
However, there was NBA news this week. So take a break from the action in Rio and see what you missed.
Russell Westbrook favored to win 2016-17 MVP
With Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State in free agency, the Thunder are going to rely on Westbrook more than ever next season. For that reason, the latest MVP odds posted by Bovada favor the Thunder point guard at 2/1 odds. Stephen Curry, who won back-to-back MVPs, is second at 4/1 odds and LeBron James, a four-time winner, is third at 5/1 odds.
Isaiah Thomas says he ranks among NBA’s elite point guards
Thomas, a first-time All-Star last season, says he’s among the NBA’s elite point guards. The Boston Celtics star told Celtics.com’s Amanda Pflugrad “my numbers stack up against all those other guys,” and “I’m just as good as any other point guard in the NBA.” For what it’s worth, Thomas ranked fourth in scoring among point guards last season, but that doesn’t make him elite. When he’s able to dominate games like Curry and Westbrook, then he’ll be in the discussion.
LeBron James to host Cavaliers workouts in Los Angeles
James is wasting no time preparing for Cleveland’s title defense, as he reportedly will be hosting the Cavaliers’ annual pre-training camp workouts in Los Angeles next month. Since James returned to the Cavaliers in 2014, he has organized workouts for his teammates in September. That extra work in the offseason proved to be worthwhile last season as the Cavaliers beat Golden State to win the championship. But with Durant joining the Warriors in free agency, Cleveland will have to work even harder this time around.