Writer: David Seastrunk
A little over midway through the 2017-18 NBA season there’s a battle among a few players as to whom the MVP will be crowned.
Notable performers in the MVP race that aren’t in the top 3 include:
3. Kevin Durant 25.8 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5.6 Assists, & 2 Blocks per game.
With 3 other all stars on his team and 2 time MVP Curry as his teammate Durant is still putting up great numbers and has also elevated his defensive effort to another level. This is Simply Kevin Durant being Kevin Durant. Another year of the warriors being dominate as the only hope for the rest of the league is for one of them to sustain an injury.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
28.5 Points, 10.3 Rebounds, 4.7 Assists 1.5 Steal 1.7 Blocks
Although the Bucks are not one of the premiere teams in the NBA what The Greek Freak is doing is phenomenal. He is having a breakout year this year up 6 points per game from last seasons totals. Winning aside Giannis is carrying the Bucks to even where they are right now. Not many pieces around him and with the recent firing of Jason Kidd they are in need of a new Head coach. Some good potential hiring would be Mark Jackson who I believe doesn’t get enough credit of a lot of the Warriors success. Rick Pitino is another good candidate after everything that has happened with him and the NCAA violations. This will be a key component for Giannis and his growth moving forward in his career as well as the success of the Bucks.
1. James Harden 31.6 Points, 5 Rebounds, 9 Assists
Coming off the highest scoring triple double in NBA history with a 60-11-10 line, James Harden is putting his down in the MVP race. Carrying the load when Chris Paul is injured and being able to be off the ball more when Paul is there he is have his best season of his career. If Harden is able to continue to play at this level he is going to win the MVP and it shouldn’t even be close.