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James Harden named MVP finalist

In what comes as no surprise, James Harden was officially named one of the three finalists for the MVP award yesterday, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George.

The Beard led the league in scoring for the second straight season, this time averaging a career-high 36.1 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 2 steals per game.

He also led the league in usage, offensive win shares, total win shares, offensive box plus-minus and overall box plus-minus in what was his finest statistical season to date.