MVP Race: James Harden's shooting struggles create opening for others

MVP Race: James Harden's shooting struggles create opening for others

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MVP Race: James Harden's shooting struggles create opening for others

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5. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

STATS: 27.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.9 3PTs, 1.2 bpg, 51.4 FG%

As HoopsHype colleague Frank Urbina recently pointed out in his Top-30 players over 30 years old article, Stephen Curry led Golden State in swing rating during Kevin Durant’s first two seasons with the team. Now, for the first time, Durant has surpassed Curry in this category.

Curry continues to make a huge impact, obviously, with a swing rating of +11.9 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the floor. However, Durant’s swing rating is an insane +19.3 points per 100 possessions when he’s in the game.

But, again, it’s unlikely that either Warrior will win this year’s MVP award because they’ll cost each other votes. That’s the downside of being on a star-studded super-team – you don’t get the same credit as the guys who are carrying their team (like the next four players on our list).

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