James Harden or Russell Westbrook?
Russell Westbrook or James Harden?
Maybe the best way to settle the 2017 NBA MVP debate is to not settle it.
"It should be co-MVPs this year," seven-time NBA champ Robert Horry says. "No doubt. They did co-Rookies-of-the-Year one time, so they might as well do co-MVPs."
The NBA's Rookie-of-the-Year award has been shared three times: Elton Brand and Steve Francis in 2000, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in 1995, and Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in 1971.
It has never had co-MVPs. The closest vote was in 1990 when Magic Johnson won, finishing 22 points ahead of Charles Barkley and 72 ahead of Michael Jordan. Four other players earned at least one first-place vote that season: Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon. Barkley received more first-place votes than Magic, 38-27.
Members of the media responsible for casting ballots must list five players, with a first-place selection being worth 10 points and trickling down to one point for fifth place. Voters cannot split their first-place choice between two players.
Horry says having Harden and Westbrook share the award would not be a copout.
"One day you're going to wake up and say this guy. Next day you're going to say the other guy," Horry says. "Both the guys are deserving.
"And if you don't want to give it to them, give it to the man you always should give it to -- LeBron -- and call it a day."
James had been MVP four times, most recently in 2013. Since then, the award has gone to Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry (twice).
Horry played with two MVPs: Olajuwon in 1994 and Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.
There have been co-MVPs in other pro sports: Peyton Manning and Steve McNair in the NFL in 2003, and Keith Hernandez and Willie Stargell in the National League in 1979.
Horry was attending the annual Sports Spectacular event, which helps Cedars-Sinai in the fight against diabetes and obesity.