On the verge of a historic season, James Harden of the Houston Rockets may once again get robbed of another MVP award.
Since coming over in a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden has contentiously been an MVP candidate in all six seasons with the Houston Rockets. And in three of his last four season, some can argue that Harden was robbed of the award.
Now with another MVP performance on the horizon, it’s looking more like Harden will get robbed of the honor again.
With a quarter of the NBA season already in the books, the MVP race is once again the hottest debate among sports fans. From LeBron James to his former teammate and now Boston Celtics star, Kyrie Irving, there has been several players who are more than worthy of this year’s MVP honors.
However, of all the great players who has had their name in the mix, Harden should be the clear-cut favorite to win the award. With the Rockets on pace to have their most successful season in franchise history, Harden is putting up numbers the league has never seen.
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Following Houston’s first 22 game, Harden is currently leading the league in points (31.7) and assists (9.7), while helping his Rockets to the top seed in the Western Conference.
No disrespect to Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan. But not even the four greatest players in history has ever led the NBA in points and assists in the same season. In Fact, if Harden can keep this up, he will become the first player since Tiny Archibald to lead the league in points and assists for a season.
Unfortunately, unlike Russell Westbrook, Harden’s historic run may not result in his first MVP award. Just take a look at NBA TV‘s Gametime Crew had to say about this year’s MVP race and how they would still pick LeBron over Harden.
Sadly, it seems as if the MVP race came to an end today, the only vote Harden would receive will come from former Houston Rockets and Hall-of-Famer, Tracy McGrady and ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
It maybe still be early, but James Harden is worth more than two MVP votes from McGrady and Lowe.
Besides, if the league decides to rob him of another award, there’s hope that Harden would use his disappointment as fuel to be named Finals MVP come mid-June.