Houston Rockets: James Harden loses MVP to Giannis Antetokounmpo

By Michael Knight
Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets star did not end up winning his second-straight Most Valuable Player award tonight at the NBA Awards Show. He lost to the Greek Freak.

The season for the Houston Rockets ended quite some time ago when they lost to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the playoffs. However, the awards show finally happened tonight, a couple of weeks after the NBA Finals.

That’s why we’re just now finally learning about the awards winners for the league. Luka Doncic took home the Rookie of the Year, Pascal Siakam won the Most Improved Player, Mike Budenholzer is the Coach of the Year, Lou Williams won the Sixth Man of the Year and Rudy Gobert won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

The big one, though, is the Most Valuable Player award. James Harden won that last season and was once again a finalist for this year. Unfortunately, though, he won’t be repeating, as he lost to the winner Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Harden deserved it

This is like beating a dead horse now, but I really feel that James Harden should have won the MVP this year. He absolutely carried the Rockets this year, especially when many of the players on the team were injured on and off.

He averaged the most points since Michael Jordan and did it more efficiently than him. His averages of 36.1 points, 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds a night were the best numbers of his career and kept the Rockets alive for homecourt in the tough Western Conference.

Harden averaged the most points per 100 possessions in the history of the league. He had one of the best scoring seasons we’ve ever seen and did so while having over a 60% TS%.

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That’s why I think he deserved to win his second-straight MVP. Giannis was awesome and deserves to hold his first MVP award, but I would’ve loved to see it be Harden.