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Stephen Curry or James Harden : Who’s the real MVP?

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With the tremendous start of the season for the Golden State Warriors, point guard Stephen Curry was believed to be the runaway choice for Most Valuable Player for the National Basketball Association, and, about a month or so ago, who could have argued?

Golden State is 42-9 with a winning percentage of .824 in a Western Conference that many believe, top to bottom, is the best that it has ever been.  With averages of 23.6 points per game, 7.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and shooting over 50% from the floor, 40% from the three-point arc, and 90% from the free throw line, very few can debate that Stephen Curry is at the top of the MVP conversation.

But the bearded man who plays in Texas has forced himself into the MVP race.  James Harden of the Houston Rockets is having a phenomenal season that, statistically, may be even better than that of Curry’s.

At 36-17, the Rockets aren’t having the season that the Warriors are having, but Harden is having a spectacular season statistically.  With averages of 27.4 points, 6.8 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals, while shooting 45% from the field, 38% from three and 87% from the free throw line, Harden has made himself the only legitimate candidate to Curry, particularly without Dwight Howard, the center who has been sidelined.

Both Curry and Harden put on shows in New York City during All-Star Weekend.  At the Footlocker Three-Point Contest at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Curry hit 13 three-pointers in a row during the finals to send the crowd into a frenzy and run away with the 2015 title.  Harden had a spectacular game Sunday night during the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, scoring 29 points, dishing out 8 assists and grabbing 8 rebounds, but came up short on winning the MVP Award, which went to Russell Westbrook.

Ultimately, I think that Harden will suffer the same fate in the Most Valuable Player Award battle at the end of the season, with Harden having a great season, but coming up short to a point guard, but instead of that guard being Westbrook, it will be Curry.  For the 2015 NBA season, Stephen Curry is the real MVP.

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One Comment

  1. Jason

    February 26, 2015 at 2:34 am

    I think it’s close.

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