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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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It's come down to 2 players , Giannis Antetokounmpo vs James Harden . I've seen some of the arguments put forth for each side. In my opinion, it isn't even CLOSE. I'll explain in the video exactly why Giannis Antetokounmpo should win the 2019 NBA MVP Award!

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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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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Bucks' Antetokounmpo earns NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. His player efficiency rating was a league-best 30.9, buoyed by his 73.7% shooting inside the restricted area – the place on the court everyone knows he wants to go, though they can't stop him from getting there. Antetokounmpo, within Mike Budenholzer's new system, became the focal point of Milwaukee's new-look offense and proved himself to be capable enough as a passer to find shooters and facilitate the Bucks' let-it-fly attack.

Giannis Sina Ougko Antetokounmpo (YAH-nis AHN-teh-tuh-KOOM-poh; Greek: Γιάννης Αντετοκούνμπο, IPA: [ˈʝanis adetoˈkumbo]; born December 6, 1994)

In their own ways, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden have been equally dominant. Harden may have broken math this season, but Antetokounmpo has proven to be the exception to the accepted parameters of DREAM SHAKE: Why James Harden deserves another MVP award.

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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