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Stephen A. Smith gives James Harden his NBA MVP vote after his 57-point performance in the Houston Rockets' overtime loss vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, but Max Kellerman sees it as a tight race between Harden and the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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Mar 21, 2019

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KareemJ
KareemJ 19 days ago
And Giannis won
leon sinik
leon sinik 3 months ago
Giannis is better all around player. Plus Giannis from the beginning of the season has been putting up MVP he is leading his team to more wins than anybody predicted they whould have going into this season yes he has 9 points less than Harden but believe me he could have score 9 more points per game if he likes but whats the value would have been if the team lost; plus he plays 5 min less per game than harden
Johnny Nosike
Johnny Nosike 3 months ago
These are not experts, just guys in suits talking. Giannis is the experts' choice.
Christian Kamrath
Christian Kamrath 3 months ago
ESPN is trying so hard to push Harden.
Brett Paltzer
Brett Paltzer 3 months ago
Whose team is better
Juelz Romeo Glenn
Juelz Romeo Glenn 3 months ago
YO..James Harden has only Offense..No defense he can no way be Most Valuable Player with a one sided Game.. Experts !!!tzzzzzz
Skills of Aesthetics
This steven dude its proven he talks nonsense all the time not surprised now
matthew
matthew 3 months ago
Sorry harden is the MVP in my books without discussion
SNAKE
SNAKE 3 months ago
Stephen a is so biased man😂😂I agree he’s mvp but to say it’s not even close is just the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard😂😂😂
Roronoa Zoro
Roronoa Zoro 3 months ago
umm Harden played in overtime to get 58 vs Grizzlies, Giannis got 52 vs 76ers in normal play
Harsha Rudra999
Harsha Rudra999 3 months ago
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Jorks Family
Jorks Family 3 months ago
This will go down to the first round performance. Harden has a problem with the western con. finals almost always. I want to give it to giannis but USA just wants to an american player because that is how today's USA is.
Sir oliver Jone
Sir oliver Jone 3 months ago
for all of you idiot greek freak idiots. put them on each other’s teams do y’all really believe greek freak could carry the rockets without chris paul, clint capela, and eric gordon for 75% of the season? yeah...aight
Matthew Vaughan
Matthew Vaughan 3 months ago
West is much tougher than east, so I would say Harden right now. West is loaded with good teams, so hard to win every night
mm mm
mm mm 3 months ago
will see in playoffs. finals MVP is more important
Ish Smith
Ish Smith 3 months ago
Harden in 2017 said winning games should be a big factor, bucks have the best record lead by giannas soo
LoopDreamer
LoopDreamer 3 months ago
YOU FUCKING AMERICANS REPORTERS GET TRRIGGERED BCS A NON AMERICAN PLAYER CAN TAKE THAT MVP
Vishnu Prakash
Vishnu Prakash 3 months ago
Didn't giannis drop 52 on the sixers?!?!?
Darrell Williams
Darrell Williams 3 months ago
I guess defense means absolutely nothing 🙄 can we just have a offensive player of the year award instead since defense is never took into consideration in mvp debates
Stephon Morris
Stephon Morris 3 months ago
He’s not getting it
Mitch Mckay
Mitch Mckay 3 months ago
Beard can't play defence greek freak is way better. Giannis would send hardens step back into the tenth row
Carlton Vincent
Carlton Vincent 3 months ago
That was funny James Harden got Stephen A Smith on the court shooting blanks.
Hector samaniego
Hector samaniego 3 months ago
Having said all that yea it was having said that 😂
Inquisitve m
Inquisitve m 3 months ago
unfortunately for harden, SAS and Kellerman don't get to vote for MVP
Mac Burnett
Mac Burnett 3 months ago
Harden is mvp no doubt
Jerry Beloin
Jerry Beloin 3 months ago
Its so true both deserve to win mvp ugh id say harden by closest race ever though carried that team all year and even his defense is way up tied for league lead in steals 36.5 ppg and almost 8 assists come on damm
Robby Mayher
Robby Mayher 3 months ago
Did Paul George die??
AMN Fragz
AMN Fragz 3 months ago
his team did
Arturo Llanderal
Arturo Llanderal 3 months ago
Harden mvp
Ethan Snyder
Ethan Snyder 3 months ago
I mean Hardens game was amazing. But it’s against the Grizzlies and they lost. Granted I’ve been pro Giannis all year but whoever wins, it’ll be a close race.
Khadim Sabara
Khadim Sabara 3 months ago
American mentality 😏 bcoz giannis is Greek, that’s how you always stand against the rest of the world lol (SUPERIORITY) !!! Harden is amazing, an all time great but the team with the best record suppose to have the mvp, in 2006 kobe didn’t win the mvp when he averaged 35pts per game (harder bcoz nba rules now penalize defenders, you can’t touch the offensive player anymore) 81pts in a single game (his record), why we have to change the rules today c’mon !!! Harden taking 35FGA 20FTA or more (per game) and shooting 43% worst from any superstars in the league google it or go to NBA ESPN etc... lebron KD steph AD kawhi embiid giannis will average more taking that !!!
NTG 13
NTG 13 3 months ago
Its time to bring the most points, high scores what ever you want to call it award in the NBA. its another thing to just score points and another to be the Most Valiable Player in your team and all of the other !!! Harden is just a gifted scorer!!!!! YOU CANT BE CALLED MVP without giving some defensive numbers to your team!!!! The game is not only points!!!!Finally NBA bring a most points in the seasson award and lets get over stupid reasons to say that someone is better just because he scores 50 points!!!!!
Yanis Xantopulos
Yanis Xantopulos 3 months ago
Who is the real MVP. For these 23 or 24 weeks Giannis have 11 weeks as number 1 and Harden have 6.... Soo Giannis is MVP
PandaLegionz
PandaLegionz 3 months ago
James Harden is not only MVP but THE BEARD WILL BECOME CHAMPION THIS YEAR AND FINALS MVP.
Serinox29
Serinox29 3 months ago
Giannis leading his team with the best record and James Harden gets the vote of Stephen A Smith? Come on man, you're literally disrespecting Giannis. I mean we should take into account the MVP's work for the whole season, not for what he's historically doing the past few months. I mean the Rockets sucked the first few months of the season while the Bucks was in the fore front from the start til now. Lots of these media gets entranced in the moment. Harden is great, I get it. But you should give it to the guy who basically lead the team with the best record in the NBA right now. Oh btw, Giannis is only with one other all star so that counts as basically doing so much for your team if people are going to argue for KD's case. No hate on KD but he has it easy with 3 other All Stars and 2 former All stars with him.
StormPower1295
StormPower1295 3 months ago
*Your taking too much WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDUH. MVP is to the right of you.*
Deont6y Wild9r
Deont6y Wild9r 3 months ago
Y'all changed your mind, d*** riders. I told y'all so...................................... James Harden MVP, not Giannis, not PG13.
Caleb Oviawe
Caleb Oviawe 3 months ago
Giannis drops 52, loses to 3rd seed Phili, not a sound from the media Harden drops 57, loses to 13th seed Memphis, "He's one of the greats"-media Smh. Giannis for MVP
Caleb Oviawe
Caleb Oviawe 3 months ago
@cN9 Tkenchi you have a point there i was just tryna shine a light on how the media seems quite bias in this MVP race. theyre both having amazing years but giannis gets my vote
cN9 Tkenchi
cN9 Tkenchi 3 months ago
and his doing all this at the western conference, where all the teams are literally better than the east.
cN9 Tkenchi
cN9 Tkenchi 3 months ago
its cause his been consistent whilst having a busy schedule.. 4 games in 6 days, and another 61 points against spurs last game. HARDEN MVP.
Todo Williams
Todo Williams 3 months ago
This guys not a journalist, just a clickbite machine. Numbers dont lie, wins dont lie...
Ranier Holmes
Ranier Holmes 3 months ago
Stephen A is an idiot Lebron got injured that’s why lakers are not in the playoffs if lebron got injured with cleveland they would be out too
Brian O'Donnell
Brian O'Donnell 3 months ago
Seriously there's a reason the mvp winners over the last 5 years are in the west. It's because outside of this year the east has been a joke*. If the Rockets where in the east wilt's records would have been broke. In the last 10 years there has been 7 western nba championships. The other 3 eastern winners? LeBron freaking James. If he wasn't the challenger it would have been 10 for 10.
Chris Tapia
Chris Tapia 3 months ago
harden the best ball hog ever😈
Ant Don J
Ant Don J 3 months ago
I Agree With...Max...for a change!
Bevan Butler
Bevan Butler 3 months ago
Welcome to the light Max,,... Harden for #mvp
Md Abidullah
Md Abidullah 3 months ago
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Shepdoggaming
Shepdoggaming 3 months ago
He burning his self out. He dont how to pace his self.
Qobiii
Qobiii 3 months ago
0:23
Steven Truong
Steven Truong 3 months ago
Harden literally put the whole team on his back and brought them from 14th seed to now the 3rd seed. Putting up INSANE numbers, & getting them WINS. Yes a lot of people don't like his methods to the way he plays but he gets it done. I might not like his methods but you can't say that's not impressive what he's been doing all season up until now. Ppl love to nitpick nowadays. Y'all say Harden choked in the playoffs, yes he has against SA, but against GS I'd say no. CP went out and he was the glue that held the Rockets together. Then y'all expect Harden to carry the load against a stacked ass team which everybody knows is too OP to win it over them? GTFOH. The coach was to blame more than the players when the shots weren't falling. He should've called timeout and regroup and get his team back on track but he didn't. Learn to appreciate Harden's greatness and give credit where it's due cause we might not see much of it in the future.
Romanian Shadow
Romanian Shadow 3 months ago
I don't like giannis game I think he needs to develop a jump shot because when he goes to the cup over time his body will get banged up and injured
Fernando Morales
Fernando Morales 3 months ago
With James u can feel he wants the mvp award. He deserves it. Best player in the game but no one wants to say it
Quinton Onezine
Quinton Onezine 3 months ago
Then James harden back tho and scored 62 last night...I say harden for mvp
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