Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James has been tearing it up on the floor as of late and he has his team on an 11-game winning streak (one shy of tying the franchise record).
It seems like just yesterday people were talking about how the Cavs were struggling and question whether or not they’d even make the playoffs. Well LeBron was laughing while all of the doubters were saying things like “The Cavs can’t do it without Kyrie Irving.”
James is third in the league in scoring (28.3 PPG), fourth in assists (8.7 APG), and seventh in field goal percentage at 58.4 percent. He’s having one of his best years ever and he’s going to be 33-years-old at the end of December.
Many would say Houston Rockets guard James Harden should be the MVP at this point in the season and that would be difficult to argue. But, why not try?
James lost his sidekick and former Cavaliers all-star guard Kyrie Irving in the offseason to the Boston Celtics and still has his team on one of the longest the franchise has ever had. He is looking unstoppable right now on both sides of the floor.
While Harden has also been playing out of his mind, he’s had nine free throw attempts per game to James’ five.
James is shooting nearly 13 percent better from the field than Harden. Something that may be argued is that James shoots many of his shots getting to the basket, however, a rebuttal to that could ask why doesn’t James get the same calls and get to the line as much then.
Harden and James both have teams with great records right now but the Rockets have the edge over the Cavaliers at the moment. Once playoff time comes we’ll see if Harden can finally get the Rockets past the Golden State Warriors.
Both players are getting buckets and will continue to put up great all-around statistics, so when we get to the end of the season it may depend on which team has the better record.
James is still regarded as the best player in the NBA by most, but Harden has been waiting his turn to win MVP these past few years. One of the two will finish this season with that trophy. It will either be James’ fifth MVP award, or Harden’s first.
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