It’s finally that time of year to bicker, argue, and possibly lose a friend forever when deciding on who in the NBA is worthy of the Most Valuable Player title for the 2018-2019 season. This year is a toss up between James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks for the award.
First off, let’s take a step back and realize LeBron James is not even in the conversation this year for MVP.
Anyway, both Harden and Antetokounmpo have both put up amazing numbers and lead their respective teams into the playoffs, but who should get the final nod for NBA MVP?
James Harden has once again lead the Houston Rockets to the playoffs this season, and that doesn’t even begin to start explaining the career year he’s had. Harden averaged a LEAGUE HIGH 36.6 points this year as well as turning in averages of 6.6 for rebounds and 7.5 for assists screams for the MVP award.
Where Antetokounmpo had an entirely healthy Bucks team around him, Harden had to strap the Rockets to his back and consistently prime the engine for takeoff.
In my humble opinion, James Harden should get the award over Giannis Antetokounmpo on the very basis that he did far more with way less over the course of a grueling NBA season that becomes extremely demanding when you are the essential player on it.