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Whether ‘tis nobler on the face than in the sink…is not even a question! Leave that beard Jimmy! For all we know you are like Sampson and cutting it off would only rob you of your lightening reflexes and stupid awesome basketball skills.
No, you keep that Beard on James Harden, even if it does make you look like the love child of Moses and that homeless guy that always yells at me on the way home. But I digress…. And so will you when you check out the latest NBA MVP Betting Odds
So despite the facial hair, does James Harden look good for the 2017 NBA MVP Race?
Once the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to pull the trigger on trading James Harden to the Houston Rockets prior to the 2012-13 season, he has taken full advantage of thriving in the opportunity to showcase his talent on the court. He has lifted off to greater heights becoming one of the premier players in the NBA that has only reached a step further this season.
With the offseason hiring of Mike D’Antoni as the next head coach there was much optimism that it could greatly benefit level of production from Harden. Those expectations were only heightened after D’Antoni made the decision shift him over to being the starting point guard for the first time in his career.
The 27-year-old has not only excelled in his new role but has also put up an extremely convincing case that he should be the MVP award winner this season. He is currently second in the NBA in scoring averaging 29.3 points, first with a career-high 11.4 assists along with 8.0 rebounds per game. He is on pace to join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to put up at 28.0 points, 11.0 Assists, and 7.0 rebounds in a single season.
Along the way, Harden has put himself in the record books for various other marks such as being the first player to notch 2,000 points, 900 assists, and 600 rebounds all in the same season. He has also notched 20 triple-doubles that include seven coming while scoring 40 or more points, which has shattered the previous single-season record.
This is highlighted by becoming the first player to have at least 50 points, 15 rebounds, and 15 assists in a single game. It just doesn’t stop there as he has recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds 47 this season, which is the highest total by any player in a single season during back to the 1983-84 campaign.
On top of that, Harden has only picked up his play as of late putting up 10 or more assists in each of the last nine games while recording five triple-double in the last eight contests. This has helped him currently be tied for the NBA record with being responsible for 56.8 points per game coming from his individual scoring output(29.3) and points off of assist (27.5).
What’s more largely important from this is that Harden has gained further recognition as one of the league’s best players that could strongly be argued as being the frontrunner for this season’s MVP (Most Valuable Player)
Although Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double and LeBron James is having a career-best year, the All-Star guard has made the Rockets into a perennial title contender this season just a year after the franchise seemed to at an impasse with the firing of head coach Kevin McHale and the brewing drama between Harden and Dwight Howard.
All of that has quickly been put in the rearview mirror and thrust Houston forward with a bright future ahead primarily because of Harden’s play on a nightly basis. Regardless of what happens with the MVP award, it has been made quite clear that the Beard belongs among the elite players in the NBA.
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To Beard, or Not to Beard....
A rare photo of James Harden Sans Beard.
To Beard or not to beard?
I think the question has just been answered on our behalf ;)