3. James Harden put up better numbers than Giannis Antetokounmpo
The first point is the most basic one for why Harden should’ve won MVP. Harden’s averages were simply better than Antetokounmpo’s.
Last season, The Beard averaged 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Harden led the league in scoring, 3-pointers made and free throws made while finishing second in steals per game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Those are definitely very good numbers, although Harden’s ridiculous points per game averages really put him ahead of anyone in the league last season on the stat sheet. No NBA player has averaged at least 36.1 points per game since Michael Jordan averaged 37.1 back in the 1986-87 season.
Not to mention, Giannis didn’t lead the league in any major statistical category, whereas Harden led all players in three and finished second in another. Again, The Greek Freak’s numbers were phenomenal, they just weren’t better than The Beard’s.
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