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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2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

STATS: 27.0 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.5 bpg, 1.4 spg, 58.1 FG%

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been so consistently terrific this season that super-human performances are almost expected from him at this point. With that said, there is one big difference between his early-season play and his recent dominance: Giannis seems much more comfortable shooting the ball.

Over the last 12 games, Antetokounmpo is making 1.3 threes per game on 39.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He’s been even more efficient over the last seven games, hitting 1.4 threes on 50 percent shooting from long range.

It’s clear that Antetokounmpo is gaining confidence in his stroke. During the first 34 games of the season, he had just one game with multiple made threes (he hit 2-of-4 against the Chicago Bulls in November).

In the last 23 games, Giannis has six games with multiple made threes. He shot 3-of-3 against the Washington Wizards, 3-of-4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 3-of-5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder and 3-of-5 against the Toronto Raptors.

Also, the Bucks have the NBA’s best record at 47-14, which certainly helps his case for the award. Milwaukee has won 11-straight games (and 17 of their last 18 contests) with Giannis in the lineup.

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