Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Fast Break | Mid-Season MVP's

It is halfway through the season and for me there are 3 players right now that stand out as potential Most Valuable Players. There is plenty of great talent but these 3 just stick out to me and are putting up great games and are amazing to watch.

1. James Harden
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Harden is averaging 27 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 6.8 assists per game.  A stat that really impresses me is that he is averaging 2 steals per game; it sticks out because he is known as a guy who is terrible defensively but has made it a point to step it up. He is a great scorer because of the way he gets to the free throw line, his 3 point shooting is impressive, and the way he can get by a defender and finish at the basket. The Houston Rockets are currently the 4th seed in the west and James Harden is putting the team on his back Since Dwight Howard has missed a lot of games. The west is really competitive and Harden has lifted them to be a playoff contender and definitely proves he is playing at an elite level.

2. Stephen Curry

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The Golden State Warriors are currently the number one seed in the west and looks like they will stay there until the seasons over. Stephen Curry is averaging 23 points per game, 4.7 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game. He has been defending the point guards on the other teams in a Western Conference that is loaded with great point guards, which is different from last year when he was criticized on his defense and his buddy Klay would have to step up defensively and play the best guard. What’s great about Curry is that the team hasn’t changed much from last year(players) but he has stepped up big and is someone who is incredibly hard to defend. He is currently leading the NBA with steals at 2.2 a game and is shooting at almost 50% from the field.  He is playing elite and could lead his team to the NBA finals the way he has been playing.

3. Anthony Davis

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His team is currently battling it out for the 8th seed in the West, but without him this team would suffer big. He is the key to the Pelicans having any success and has definitely carried that team to having success and having hope in the long run. He is impressing with 24 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 2.7 blocks per game. He has missed some games this season but when he is playing the Pelicans proves that they can compete with some of the best teams in this league behind Anthony’s stellar game play. A team that last year was playing under .500 percent basketball is now a game over .500 and is still looking to improve under the guidance of Davis.

A couple of mentions that were left out are Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Demarcus Cousins. All these guys are having their own great season, but Harden, Curry, and Davis are just playing at an elite level.