How James Harden Can Become Dark-Horse NBA MVP Candidate

November 11th, 2014 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »

James Harden is leading the Houston Rockets to a surprisingly good start. In fact, if things continue on their present trajectory he might even win the Most Valuable Player award.

The MVP is one of the more misunderstood and controversial awards because "valuable" is not clearly defined. “Value” is about as abstract a thing as there is. However, if we change the context of the word, we can shed light on the subject.

In real estate, value depends largely on three factors: quality, location and history. Each of these things has a parallel in the MVP award.

Just as factors like size and building materials affect the value of a house, so too do skills and abilities impact the measure of a player. And the MVP also has his own version of “location” based on where his team is in the standings.

Finally, a house can have its value impacted by narrative. For example, if a celebrity is born there, it can add tens of thousands to the price. If a murder occurred in it, that can lower the cost.

Similarly, there are other factors which can raise or lower the value of a player such as his pe ...

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