Houston Rockets guard, James Harden, finally secured his first MVP trophy last season. Let’s dive into three reasons why he can repeat as MVP in the 2018-19 season.
At long last, James Harden of the Houston Rockets finally won his first MVP trophy. He has been a perennial MVP candidate almost the entire time he has been a member of the Rockets. The past three or so years he’s really upped his game and had been snubbed for the trophy until this past season.
Last season, Harden averaged over 30 points for the first time in his career. He also had more than eight assists and six rebounds on the season. He also was able to knock down over 36% of his triples while shooting ten a game.
This phenomenal season comes while playing with another bonafide star in the backcourt, Chris Paul. There were countless critics saying this pairing wouldn’t work and both players would suffer for it. But, Paul and Harden both had great seasons, obviously with Harden winning an MVP.
Harden’s season was obviously historic and incredible. He pioneered this Houston Rockets to a franchise-best record and the best record in the NBA. Harden also led the Rockets all the way to game seven of the Western Conference finals where the team ultimately lost to the Warriors.
So, the Rockets didn’t quite meet their goals as a team. Harden achieved a personal goal by winning the MVP. This year, he’ll be striving to win a championship with this team. In pursuit of that, he has a great chance to repeat as MVP. Let’s take at three reasons why he can repeat as the league’s MVP.