Alvin Gentry says James Harden being 2017-18 NBA MVP ‘not even close’
When it comes down to who wins the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player award, New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry leaves no doubt that his vote belongs to Houston Rockets superstar guard James Harden, according to an article written today by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“In my opinion, [James Harden] is the MVP of the league,” coach Gentry said. “It’s not even close, really, what he’s doing with his team and the numbers he’s putting up.”
However, why isn’t Pelicans superstar power forward Anthony Davis not getting more love in the MVP race from his head coach? Gentry noted the Rockets’ highly-impressive 54-14 record heading into Saturday night’s game against New Orleans.
“He’s been fantastic. He’s been unbelievable,” Gentry said of Davis. “I think the only difference in him not being heavily, heavily in the conversation is obvious we haven’t had the type of season that a Houston has had or a Toronto has had, you know with [DeMar] DeRozan and those guys.
Davis’ success this season with New Orleans is something that coach Gentry still can’t put into words, especially after the heartbreaking season-ending Achilles injury that happened to star center DeMarcus Cousins that occurred against the Rockets.
“But other than that, what he’s done and what he’s meant to our season, it can’t be expressed in words. He’s truly an MVP candidate,” Gentry said of Davis. “We just don’t have the wins that those teams have and I think that’s the difference in where he is on the scale of MVP as opposed to Harden or DeRozan.”
Harden has just been that unbelievable throughout this 2017-18 season for the Rockets, with coaches like Gentry having plenty of nice things to say about the star guard’s efforts.
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