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Mike D’Antoni Says James Harden Deserves 2019 NBA Most Improved Player and MVP

Credit: USA Today

Credit: USA Today

James Harden has been nothing but wonderful this current NBA season, as the Beard has taken his Rockets to the next level playing the best basketball of his life. Right now Harden is considered one of the two biggest candidates to win the Most Valuable Player award alongside Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, but if the decision was in his coach’s hands, Harden would win the MVP and more.

Mike D’Antoni, Rockets’ head coach told reporters Friday he joked about how Harden should be named the 2018-19 NBA MVP and Most Improved Player.

This is a bold statement, but unlike most people would think, D’Antoni might be right about it, as Harden’s numbers have pumped up from last season. His scoring average increased almost six full points from 30.1 in 2017-18 to 36.4 in 2018-19. The All-Star shooting guard had 32 straight games this season scoring at least 30 points.

Although some of his numbers don’t show much improvement, his scoring capacity keeps getting better and better and that 30-point streak is the biggest proof of that. He put the team on his shoulders when Chris Paul was dealing with injuries, Carmelo Anthony was struggling to adapt to the team and new players came in during mid-season.

He was the best player of the Rockets in regular season without any doubt, leading the team to 42 wins in the final 57 games and now it looks like we have to wait to see how he’ll fare this postseason in order to know if he wins the MVP, or the MVP and the Most Improved Player, as his coach wants. This would certainly be a historical feat.