James Harden was rightfully snubbed of his NBA MVP award at the end of the 2017 NBA season. Russell Westbrook held on tight as he averaged a triple double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.
Harden was again contested at the end of this season, but this time by a solidified all-time NBA great. LeBron James did all he could to keep Harden dry in the MVP department. James led the Cavaliers to the playoffs in the midst of probably one of the biggest melt downs by a championship contending team. The Cavaliers traded their clear number 2 option in Kyrie Irving during the off-season and seemed to take a huge step back after having to trade away their marquee summer acquisitions in Isaiah Thomas and Jay Crowder.
James Harden led the league in points while averaging 30.4 per game. He led the Houston Rocket’s high-powered offense. The Rockets were the best team in the NBA winning 65 and of 82 games, ahead of the NBA Champs, the Golden State Warriors. Their offense ranked 2nd in the NBA in points per game at 112.4. Their defense was surprisingly one of the top defenses as they ranked 6th and held opponents to 103.9 points per game.
Harden made plays like the one above a norm last season and we all thank him for that.
James Harden undoubtedly deserves an MVP award, although LeBron had an incredible season. Congratulations, James.