Who's the NBA MVP: James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo? | The Tylt
Who's the NBA MVP: James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo?
Think you know more than our Sports Editor? Put your money where your mouth is!
Well, actually, you don't have to. He just wants a good fight.
The Tylt's Dan Tran is taking our YouTube sports series, "The Bet," out of the hands of our guests and challenging you instead! The rules are pretty simple: Get your friends and vote for who you think will win the NBA MVP. We'll tally up the votes on May 22, and whoever gets the most votes will be the side you, the audience, is on. Dan will take the opposite side on the debate, and whoever gets the prediction right wins The Bet.
If Dan wins, you get to feel the pain of defeat. If you win, however, Dan will feel a couple of different types of pain.
Not one to seek out mutilation (or good fashion sense), he will pierce his ear and acknowledge you Tylters know more about sports than he does. PIERCE. HIS. EAR.
What do you say? Do you want in?
NBA fans might not like consecutive MVP winners, but even they can't deny Harden has been the best player in the league halfway through the season. He's put on unequaled scoring performances that have carried Houston to victory after victory. After a slow 11-14 start, the Rockets finished with the fourth seed in the Western Conference at the time of publication, and it has been all Harden.
Not only did he lead the league in scoring, but he also averaged 7.5 assists and two steals per game. Harden also led the league in value over replacement player, contributing 9.9 more points than the average player. He is becoming a more complete player and deserves the MVP award again.
No one wants to see James "all-my-points-are-free-throws" Harden get the MVP again. Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to improve, but he's already one of the most dominant players in the entire league, handling the ball for the Milwaukee Bucks and averaging over 27.7 points and 5.9 assists per game.
Still, his true value comes on the defensive end, where his length causes problems for anyone who dares to take him on from the perimeter or near the basket. His overall game resulted in a league-high player efficiency rating according to Basketball-Reference.com. Harden won the MVP last season, but this was a new year for the league—Antetokounmpo's year.