NBA Playoff MVPs (5/24/18)

By Paul Bessire


In this new weekly feature iwe crown the NBA Playoffs' MVPs to-date by looking at the player who most positively impacted his team. To determine this, we sum up a player's net expected win percentage added/subtracted based on the offensive and defensive plays he was a part of during the game. Our free Live ScoreCaster app, that updates simulations in real-time after each play is used to get this info.

Players who consistently make critical plays to improve their team's chances of winning (without also giving up such plays) will perform well in this metric, especially if the team was not originally projected to win and does.

This week, we are reviewing the MVP from the sixth week of the postseason as well as the playoffs as a whole to-date.



NBA Playoffs MVP (Week 5 - 5/17 - 5/23): LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Despite his team losing Game 5 in Boston, LeBron James is the week's NBA Playoff MVP. It's the fourth time in six playoff weeks that he has won the award (Terry Rozier in Week 1 and Marcus Smart in Week 5 have been the other recipients). James willed his team to two home wins to even teh series, ultimately averaging 32.3 points, 6.7 assists and 6.7 rebounds a game over the week. As impressive as his week has been, his averages and efficiency for the week were both below his playoff averages for this postseason.

Honorable Mentions (in order by Net Value Rating):
Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors
Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics



NBA Playoffs MVP (postseason to-date): LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Honorable Mentions (in order by Net Value Rating in 2018 Playoffs):
Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
James Harden, Houston Rockets