NBA Playoff MVPs (5/10/18)

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 fourth week of the postseason as well as the playoffs as a whole to-date.

NBA Playoffs MVP (Week 4 - 5/3 - 5/9): LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
It's still LeBron. For the third straight week, LeBron is both the weekly NBA Playoff MVP and the MVP of the Playoffs to-date. This week, even though James did not shoot well from three or the free throw line, it still was not particularly close.

Honorable Mentions (in order by Net Value Rating):
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

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

Honorable Mentions (in order by Net Value Rating in 2017-18 Playoffs):
Al Horford, Boston Celtics
Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers