Ranking top four MVP candidates, based on advanced stats

How can advanced metrics help frame the MVP debate? Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

Russell Westbrook or James Harden? Or, alternatively, LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard?

From win shares to RPM, NBA player value metrics were designed to help inform our discussion about awards such as this year's fascinating MVP race. Yet it can be tricky to navigate the alphabet soup of various metrics to determine what advanced stats really tell us about the players involved.

Let's take a look at how I would rank the top MVP candidates, based on five important metrics: