Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has revealed that he believes Houston Rockets guard James Harden should win the NBA MVP award this season.
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Harden is seemingly receiving the nod from many of his peers after guiding the Rockets through the majority of the season without center Dwight Howard.
The Rockets star has been hugely impressive on the offensive end and has improved his defense to the point where he is rightly considered as a frontrunner for the MVP award.
However, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is widely regarded as the clear favourite to win the award after improving on all his career numbers this season and leading the team to the best record in the NBA.
The Warriors have led the way in the Western Conference all season and have a sizeable advantage over their rivals as the regular season comes to an end, and Curry’s play has been equally as impressive and few would argue if he won.
Nevertheless, Griffin joins the likes of Anthony Davis and many others in giving their vote to Harden, although there is of course a separate factor to consider when discussing the Clippers star’s choice.
The Clippers and the Warriors have engaged in a heated rivalry in recent years which has continued both on and off the court this season, and so Griffin’s choice may also be part of some gamesmanship ahead of the playoffs.
It is no secret that the players from the two respective franchises aren’t particularly fond of each other, and Griffin’s snub of Curry may well be playing up to that in part too.