You know how Anthony Davis is a good guy? When he has the chance to vote himself as the Most Valuable Player and says he would give his vote to someone else. It’s not like he doesn’t deserve it, the shot blocker has put up huge numbers this season, but the star says he would still vote for someone else.
In a Monday visit to “The Dan Patrick Show”, the New Orleans Pelicans star said he would vote for Rockets shooting guard James Harden for MVP.
“You know, it’s tough,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of guys playing out of their minds. James Harden, Russ, Steph, you know, LeBron. But … I mean, James Harden. It’d probably have to be James. He’s out of his mind. He’s definitely playing out of his mind. We talk about this with my team every day. Like, every day.”
The Pelicans star gave the shooting guard his nod mainly because he has carried the Rockets to a 50-24 record this season, despite the amount of injuries the team has suffered. The bearded man has been without Dwight Howard for most of the season and just lost point guard Patrick Beverley for the rest of the season.
Davis says it’s unreal how Harden continued to play and win games without the big man.
But the MVP race is close..
Stephen Curry continues to shine and has made the Golden State Warriors one of the best basketball teams in the league, if not the best. The team ranks first in the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Let’s not talk about the fact that his team is blowing out opponents early and has given them a 60 win season for the first time in franchise history.
Russell Westbrook is making another strong case for the award. The Thunder star point guard has put up a bunch of triple doubles in recent weeks and has averaged almost 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds per game in the last two months. Like the Rockets, the Thunder have been hit with injuries since the start. The Oklahoma City team has lost Durant and Ibaka.
“It’s tough,” Davis repeated. “It’s going to be great to see who gets it. All three guys — James, Steph and Russ — are playing out of their minds right now. Especially Russ.”
We haven’t even mentioned a familiar face for this award, LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers star ranks third in the league for scoring, seventh in assists and has helped the team to a 46-18 record when he plays. The team without him is 2-9 in the season. Another name is Chris Paul, who was without Blake Griffin for more than a month and is not getting much mentions.
This is one of the closest MVP races in the last few years and one that will be very hard to decide. If Davis is right and his pick to win takes it, he would become the first Rocket since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 to receive this award.