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Who's the midseason NBA MVP: James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo?

Halfway through the NBA season, two players have separated themselves from the pack as the frontrunners for the league's MVP award. James Harden, last year's MVP, has continued his dominance over the league once again, notching multiple 40+ point triple-doubles and leading the NBA in scoring. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo has developed into a weapon of mass destruction, averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and six assists per game at the time of publication. Who should be MVP? 🏀

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NBA fans might not like consecutive MVP winners, but even they can't deny Harden hasn't 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 are sixth in the Western Conference at the time of publication, and it has been all Harden.

Not only is Harden leading the league in scoring, but he is also averaging 8.6 assists and two steals per game. Harden also leads the league in value over replacement player, contributing 4.4 more points than the average player. He is becoming a more complete player and deserves the midseason MVP award.

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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 26 points and six 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. He leads the league in defensive win shares and defensive box plus/minus at the time of publication. Harden won the MVP last season, but this is a new year for the league—Antetokounmpo's year.

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Who's the midseason NBA MVP: James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo?
A festive crown for the winner
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