After a fantastic season, the star of the Rockets is up for a couple awards at the ESPYS.
James Harden is coming off of the best season of his career. He averaged over 30 points a game for the first time in his career and helped lead the Rockets to a near-upset of the eventual-champion Warriors.
He also picked up his first Most Valuable Player award in the process, something that was long overdue for the Beard. As a result, he is getting a bit of love from the national media in the form of some ESPY nominations.
Best Athlete in a Sport
The first award that Harden is up for is the Best Athlete in a Sport ESPY. He is going against some serious competition: two MVPs and another superstar.
Jose Altuve is the main competition, winning the MVP award and a championship with the Houston Astros. It’s pretty cool to see two guys from H-Town be in consideration for this ESPY. The future is bright for the city.
Tom Brady is another competitor after he won MVP in his age-40 season. Like Harden, he didn’t win it all but still was a huge reason for his team’s success like he always is.
Alexander Ovechkin is the last finalist after being the best player on the Washington Capitals, and one of the best in the NHL, as they won the Stanley Cup for the first time in team history. He is the only non-MVP on this list.
Harden has a solid argument for this award, we shall see what happens tonight.
Best NBA Player
Harden has a great case for winning this ESPY as he showed he had the best regular season in the NBA this season, winning the MVP. However, overall, LeBron James is objectively the best player in the league. It all comes down to how people perceive the award title.
Overall, it should be pretty fun to hopefully see Harden win an award or two tonight. Tune in to the ESPYS at 7:00 p.m. CT! Get ready for some overused defense jokes if he wins, though.