James Harden was named 2015 NBA MVP by his peers at the Players’ Awards this week.
James Harden, 25, averaged 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game in 81 games for the Rockets last season.
It’s not much of a surprise to Rockets fans that Harden was voted MVP by his peers. Harden was simply dominant all season long, carrying the Rockets to a #2 seed in a tough Western Conference. He was without his sidekick Dwight Howard for nearly half the season, and was also missing starters Terrence Jones and Patrick Beverley for extended periods of time. Though the media may have missed it, the players didn’t.
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It’s a shame Harden couldn’t take home the “legitimate” hardware but this award is important. To have your peers’ respect for what you’ve done over the course of a season should mean more to you than some reporters who have never played.
Even though people will call Stephen Curry the 2015 MVP, rest assured, James, the city of Houston will continue their MVP chants every time you get to the line during the ’15/’16 season.
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