Steph Curry Declares Houston Rockets’ Guard James Harden the MVP
By Brandon Simmons
This year’s NBA MVP race has been one of the best in recent memory. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Houston Rockets guard James Harden are two of the frontrunners for this award. Harden has been an offensive force since switching to point guard this year and enjoying career highs in points and assists. Westbrook is leading a depleted Thunder team on a playoff run by averaging a triple double throughout the season. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has won the award the last 2 seasons but has not garnered much consideration this year as he previous years; but that does not take away from his opinion on who should win it this year. Curry stopped by The Dan Patrick show and gave his clear-cut winner:
“I’d probably say James Harden. You have to award the better team, I would think, record-wise. I’m just kinda going on the history of the MVP award. I think James would probably edge [Russell Westbrook] out just off of that.”
Curry would not be wrong in this assessment. Ironically, in 2014-2015 season, him and Harden were in the conversation of who would become MVP. Curry was on his initial historic run of 3-point shooting in addition to the Warriors also having the better record. Today, the Rockets are that team with the better record but Westbrook is the one with the historic momentum. The Thunder guard has a chance to be the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple double for the entire season. Ironically, he did not win the MVP that year.
The MVP conversation always calls into question what exactly being the MVP means and this year is no different. Harden is clearly having an amazing year with his team but it’s argued that he has a better supporting cast, while Westbrook’s historic play is the only thing keeping the Thunder competitive. However, Rockets fans are not trying to hear that, especially after seeing Harden lose the award a couple of years ago over the “better record” reasoning. Perhaps Curry is predicting a a repeat of that reasoning in favor of Houston.
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