For this season more than most, the MVP discussion is as heated as it has ever been.
In Houston, James Harden is making a strong case to take home the award for the second straight year. Averaging over 35 points per game while keeping Houston near the top the West standings, The Beard is having, arguably, the best season of his career.
In Oklahoma City, Paul George was putting on a show, averaging over 28 points per game. Although the Thunder have fallen off a bit, there is no arguing that they would be in serious danger of missing the postseason if not for PG's presence.
With perhaps the best case in the great MVP chase this year is Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is proving to be the new force of the Eastern Conference. Bucks GM recently explained why The Greek Freak is the "clear" winner for the award this year in an appearance on FS1's First Things First:
"To me it's really clear. We've beaten Houston twice, we've got the best team in the East, the best team in the league right now record-wise. And Giannis offensively and defensively is dominating this league."
Nothing John Horst says here is unfactual. Giannis has been great on both ends of the floor, and the Bucks have been, statistically, the best team in the NBA this season.
With no other All-Star besides Khris Middleton, Giannis is seemingly leading this team on his own.
No matter how they fare in the playoffs, it seems almost inevitable Giannis will be hoisting that MVP trophy before the summer arrives.