“Overly Polished”: James Harden Backs Brooklyn Nets Teammate Kevin Durant To Win MVP This Season

Published 12/30/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) celebrates with forward Kevin Durant (7) after scoring against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets have established themselves as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season with a fantastic performance. Leading his team, Kevin Durant has set new standards for players on and off the bench. In spite of missing some time off the court, Durant has shown fantastic gameplay to lead the MVP race.

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James Harden was asked about his opinion about Durant as the MVP during an interview with ESPN NBA reporter Malika Andrews, as Harden was pretty confident about his teammate earning the title. Obviously, Durant’s skills are what prompted his response, which was less than two words.

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Kevin Durant is clearly the MVP, according to James Harden

When asked about Durant’s performance this season, he mentioned the following, He’s overly polished,” Continuing, Harden said “Natural talent who knows the spots he wants to get to, and he’s going to get there. It’s not on the defender, it’s on him, whether he makes the shot or misses the shot.” [h/t Bleacherreport.com]

Harden’s confidence in Durant isn’t inflated after seeing Durant’s performance this season leading the team. All the while, the Nets have gained strength, especially due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol requirements for players. After fulfilling the health requirements, Durant handled things well as he gave his team a good start.

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With Durant’s performance, we can see that he is averaging 29.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game, taking 52.3 percent of his shots from the field and 38.2 percent from long range. He has been the most impactful player in the NBA by leading the team and taking some of the pressure off Harden’s shoulders. Based on his performance, Durant has a strong claim to the MVP award.

Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) brings the ball up court against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Especially for Harden, Durant is “for sure” the NBA MVP. Durant won the MVP award back in 2014, and it appears he has a good chance of winning the award again this year.

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This season will be quite the ride to see who wins. Keep us posted on who you think is going to win MVP.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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