James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets: Harden, since being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012, has turned himself into an National Basketball Association superstar.
In all seriousness, as Bonner points out, you need more than just fancy fixings (a.k.a. offense) to be the best possible sandwich. They have won 50 games six straight seasons. The most recent may have been the best, as James finished with 41 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to George's 43 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Cleveland's 135-100 double-overtime victory on April 2. His 29.1 points per game ranked tied for second in the league with Harden. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line.
Russell Westbrook soaked in all he had accomplished this season, with a little help from Oscar Robertson. I don't know how he'd do this, but someone, somewhere, has called Mike D'Antoni a genius. What you're doing, I think it's historical. "Period. That's what it's all about". He scored 2,558 points compared to Harden's 2,356 but only assisted on 1,924 points to Harden's 2,198.
-NBA MVP votes are due. Nobody has been talking about how clutch he's been. Small forward Doug McDermott (sore knee) and Andre Roberson (rest) will also not play. "Russ is my MVP". Houston hit 19 of 56 on 3-pointers and finished 30-1 when scoring 120 points or more this season.
Clint Capela and Lou Williams added 18 points, Bobby Brown scored 16 and Troy Williams had 12 for Houston.
Deadlocked at the intermission, the Rockets drilled four consecutive 3-pointers to open the third quarter, seizing a 72-67 lead.
Skal Labissiere had 25 for the Kings, and Ty Lawson had 20 points and 11 assists. In that game, James Harden totaled 53 points, 17 assists, and 16 rebounds. The Rockets have defeated Sacramento in 12 of the teams' last 13 meetings. "It tells us exactly how hard we're going to have to work to get where we want to go", Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Westbrook's triple-double record-setting season is rather jaw-dropping. To say that as fans we've witnessed the greatness that Westbrook has achieved is a humbling experience. He planned to congratulate Westbrook with a text as soon as he got on the team bus headed for the airport.
But despite Westbrook's brilliant season, the race for the Most Valuable Player award was one of the most competitive we have seen in a long time. "This isn't about any hating". He raised his average by 6.9 points, while increasing his field goal, 3-point and foul shooting percentages by almost 4 percent each.