According to DeMar DeRozan, James Harden definitely deserves to win the MVP Award this season, and he should have won it last year, too.
Unfortunately, the Rockets had their 17 game win streak snapped by DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors last night. Houston played well in the second half, but they dug themselves too deep of a hole in the first two quarters to climb out of.
Fortunately, the Blazers defeated the Warriors last night so the Rockets are still the No. 1 seed in the west.
James Harden led all scorers in the matchup in Toronto with 40 points as he continues his march towards the MVP Award.
According to DeRozan, Harden should have won the MVP last year, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“He should have won MVP. He had the ball in his hands the majority of the time.”
As for this season, DeRozan called Harden a “lock” for MVP, via Jonathan Feigen.
“He earned it. The things he’s been doing all year is incredible. I think he’s a lock for it. He deserves it.”
Harden and DeRozan were both born in Los Angeles and they played basketball together throughout their teenage years. They’re still good friends and they workout together in the summer. Harden said that DeRozan’s praise meant a lot to him, via Jonathan Feigen.
“That’s like my brother. He’s playing at an all-time level, too. He’s out there killing. He has his team in the No. 1 seed in the East. He’s doing extremely great things as well. Just to hear it from him, especially with the level he’s playing at now, means a lot to me.”
LeBron James and more recently Anthony Davis have inserted their names into the MVP race, but Harden is still leading the pack. He’s not only leading the NBA in scoring (31.1) while placing third in assists (8.8), but his team also has the best record in the NBA.
Harden has already placed second in MVP voting twice, so this should be the year he finally wins it.