The MVP race this season has been a dead heat between Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden. You may make a strong case for both of them, and also you wouldn’t have any downside massaging the numbers to fit your argument.
The Hardenites level to his transcendent scoring capacity, which has unfolded in historic vogue this season with a dizzying streak of 30-plus point performances and a pair of career-best 61-point explosions which have distinguished him not solely as the most effective offensive participant on the planet in the present day, however close to the highest rung in all of NBA historical past.
The case for Giannis skews extra towards his all-around dominance, typically with an emphasis on his capacity to leverage his astonishing size and pace as a defender to disrupt every little thing his opponents attempt to do. And it’s that discrepancy that tends to irk Mike D’Antoni in relation to this debate. The Rockets coach just lately made his case for Harden’s candidacy and did so whereas passionately lobbying for Harden’s efficacy on the facet of the court docket that’s perceived as his weak spot.