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SportBreaking down why Giannis Antetokounmpo definitely deserved MVP over James Harden

17:10  25 june  2019
17:10  25 june  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Once again, we have an NBA MVP debate … only this time, it's been ignited after the hardware was handed out to Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks superstar who led the franchise to the most wins in the league last season with 60.

But did the Greek Freak deserve the award?

The Houston Rockets "respectfully" disagreed on Twitter after the Greek Freak won, posting a series of tweets with facts and stats about James Harden, who finished with the seventh-most points per game in a single season with 36.1.

Let's break it all down and see if Antetokounmpo or Harden should be the most valuable player of the 2018-19 season.

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James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo have both made very strong cases this season and it appears to be a toss up on who deserves it. I, Seth, break down why in my opinion James Harden should walk away with his second MVP award in back to back years.

One performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo just gave him the MVP over James Harden . So why is it Greek Freak over The Beard? Aside from Thursday night’s performance, let’s break down Harden , as I keep saying, will end the year with one of the top 10 most points per game in a season

Statistics

Harden: 36.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 7.5 apg, 2.0 spg, 44.2 FG%, 36.8 3PT%

Antetokounmpo: 27.7 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.5 bpg, 57.8 FG%, 25.6 3PT%

Yes, Harden made history with his scoring and dishing, as the Rockets noted. But the Freak became just the second player in NBA history to average more than 27 ppg, 12 rpg, 5 apg and 1.4 bpg. The first? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76. Pretty good company.

ADVANTAGE: Push

Advanced Stats

Harden: Led the league in Usage Percent, Win Shares, Offensive Win Shares, VORP. No. 15 in Defensive Win Shares

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In this week’s episode we discuss why Giannis Antetokounmpo ’s case for MVP , Why he maybe a better choise over James Harden and quickly make a list of potential regular season awardees? Wanna get in on the action? Get busy and troll us (if you can)!

Antetokounmpo: Led the league in PER. Was second in VORP, Box Plus/Minus, Defensive Rating. No. 3 in Defensive Win Shares

I think the glaring thing here is the Freak's impact on the defensive end, making him a two-way beast. No disrespect to Harden here - his defense has improved after all those videos of himself being a sieve on D. But this is where I think Giannis actually made a bigger impact.

ADVANTAGE: Antetokounmpo

Team

Harden: Played with Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker.

Antetokounmpo: Played with Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Brook Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon.

This is where you play this game: Which team would have suffered more without its MVP candidate? I think the answer is the Bucks, but it's not by much - the entire Rockets offense is based on Harden handling the ball in iso.

ADVANTAGE: Antetokounmpo (barely)

Narrative

Harden: Carried an underachieving Rockets team to the No. 4 seed a year after winning his first MVP.

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The debate over Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. James Harden for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award will only continue to heat up from here. And while there are obvious splits on who deserves the award, it wasn’t the slightest bit surprising to hear Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst back

Antetokounmpo: Was the centerpiece of the NBA's best team.

As the Bucks star said, it's all about winning:

I also kind of wonder if there's a whiff of "but Harden's a flopper!" versus "We've been waiting years for the Greek Freak to put it all together. Let's celebrate that" here. Not that I believe either of those things, but I'm just taking a stab at the narrative, which counts.

ADVANTAGE: Antetokounmpo

So there you have it. The Greek Freak deserved the win.

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