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James Harden makes the case for Kevin Durant as the MVP

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The Brooklyn Nets were the heavy favorites to win the title this year. Although they did not do anything particularly spectacular in the offseason, the thought of having Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden ready for the 2021-2022 season was frightening for everyone outside of Brooklyn. 

Almost halfway through the season, the Golden State Warriors are, without a doubt, the best team in the league. Thanks to the brilliance of Stephen Curry, the player many believe to be the odds on favorite for the league MVP, the Warriors have been absolutely dominant and a beauty to watch for basketball fans of all kinds. Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden begs to differ and told ESPN’s Malika Andrews how he felt about Kevin Durant being this year’s MVP.

“For sure.”

James Harden on Kevin Durant being the MVP, ">NBA on ESPN

This is Harden’s second stint as Durant’s teammate, the first being when the two young stars began their careers together as members of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Back then, KD was the main guy, and James was the explosive sixth man. While Harden is now one of the biggest superstars in the league, he still has overwhelming praise for his long-time friend and teammate.

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“He’s overly polished. He gets to his spots and it’s not up to the defender whether he makes the shot or not.”

James Harden on Kevin Durant, ">NBA on ESPN

Durant is simply too good at basketball, bumping up his scoring average to 29.7 points per game with a series of spectacular performances while most of his teammates were out due to health and safety protocol. KD and the Nets had also been winning games before the former MVP entered the league’s health and safety protocol himself, leading a bunch of inexperienced players to wins against teams that still had some semblance of their main roster. 

Steph is the greatest shooter ever, and he is the reason why the Warriors are so hard to defend. He makes his teammates better by just being on the floor, so if someone were to say that Curry is the MVP, no one should be allowed to be mad at that. The Warriors have also been relatively unaffected by the health and safety protocol, which has helped their cause quite a bit.

On the other hand, Durant has had to deal with constantly-changing lineups, sometimes with guys who weren’t even on their team the week before. And yet, he has been delivering the goods and even bumped up his impressive scoring average by a few more points. I don’t know about you, but it takes a different kind of beast to average virtually 30 points per game, especially when all your main teammates are in and out of the lineup.

I’m with James here; KD is my MVP.

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