NBA MVP Watch: Harden’s year?

Liam Oram

Sports Blogger



James Harden, G, Houston Rockets, 30.9 ppg, 9 apg, 4.9 rpg

(KUNVAR sanjeevkumar Singh, Flickr)

After coming in second in the MVP race last season, James Harden has performed at a high level. He leads the NBA in scoring with 30.9 ppg. Harden is also leading the league in 3-pointers made with 166. He has helped the Rockets earn a great spot leading up to the All-Star break. In the Rockets’ most recent victory against the Phoenix Suns, Harden tallied 27 points, eight assists, 10 rebounds and two steals. Harden and the Rockets stay at home to face the Orlando Magic (14-34) at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers, 26.8 ppg, 8.7 apg, 7.9 rpg

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers have had a rough season, Lebron James is still putting up great numbers. He is third in points per game and assists per game this season and has been one of the only bright spots for the Cavs. He has also put up impressive stats on the defensive end this season as well, as he averages about a block and two steals per game. In the Cavaliers’ last game against the Detroit Pistons, James had 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. The Cavaliers’ next game is also against the Pistons (22-26) at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks, 28.4 ppg, 4.7 apg, 10.1 rpg

The “Greek Freak” has put up impressive numbers this season. After missing two games with a knee injury, Giannis proceeded to drop 41 on the Brooklyn Nets and look unstoppable. He is second in points per game and has been no slouch defensively either, as he averages 1.3 blocks per game.  He has been easily the best Bucks player and making is making a case for the title of best player in the league. In his last game against the Chicago Bulls, he had 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. The Bucks’ next game is against the Philadelphia 76ers (24-22) at 8 p.m. Monday.





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