Why James Harden, Not Stephen Curry Is This Year’s NBA MVP

April 7th, 2015 by Bobby Krivitsky Leave a reply »
The most overlooked letter in the phrase "MVP" is far and away the one wedged between the "M" and the "P." If the award is to be given to the NBA's most outstanding player, Stephen Curry deserves it. However, Houston's James Harden is the league's most valuable player.

"The Beard" has led the Rockets to a 53-24 record, the third-best mark in the NBA. While Curry is the driving force on a Warriors team that is in first place, it's not as if he's had to play without Klay Thompson or Draymond Green for a lengthy period of time. On the other hand, Harden has played much of this campaign without the second half of Houston's dynamic duo, Dwight Howard, who has only appeared in 37 games this season, per ESPN.com.

Without Harden, the Rockets would almost certainly fall out of playoff contention. According to Basketball-Reference.com's leaderboard, he has a usage percentage of 31.4 percent, which ranks in the top five. Curry is in seventh place.

Usage % 1. Russell Westbrook ▪ OKC 38.3 2. Dwyane Wade ▪ MIA 34.7 3. DeMarcus Cousins ▪ SAC 34.1 4. LeBron James ▪ CLE 32.5 5. J ...

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