James Harden has unfortunately not won the 2016-2017 MVP Award.
James Harden has lost out to his former teammate, Russell Westbrook. Both players had incredible individual seasons, but it was Russ that won the award in the end. He averaged a triple-double on the season and carried a not-so-great Oklahoma City Thunder team into the playoffs. With the departure of Kevin Durant, many predicted the Thunder to do very poorly this season.
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For James Harden, he definitely had a great case for the award. He averaged 29 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds a game for a team that finished with the third-best record in the league. He led the Rockets on offense and was a dominant all season long. Much like the Thunder, the Rockets were predicted to miss the playoffs this year by many people. James Harden and Mike D’Antoni made sure that did not happen (by a long shot), and that is part of the reason why Harden should be holding the MVP trophy. Harden’s squad won 55 wins on the year, while Russ’s team won just 47.
James Harden had the best offensive season of all time. Yes, of all time. Be sure to check out our article on this subject and the video by SB Nation below.
James Harden had the best offensive season ever. Yes, ever. pic.twitter.com/vFUCprd4cW
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The Rockets have been well represented so far in the NBA Awards Show. Eric Gordon has won the Sixth Man of the Year award and Patrick Beverley has won the Hustle Award. James Harden just missed out on NBA MVP and Performance of the Year. Mike D’Antoni won the Coach of the Year Award. Be sure to check back to Space City Scoop to see who won what!
Was James Harden robbed of MVP?
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*All stats via Basketball-Reference*