Kia MVP Ladder: Relentless James Harden continues to climb

James Harden leads the NBA in assists per game this season (11.1).

Introspection began for James Harden after dropping a 38-point double-header on Monday to lead Brooklyn Nets after the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But instead of enjoying the glory of Brooklyn’s fourth five-game win, Harden He kept talking about improvement.

“You are [can] Never be satisfied. He said. “I’ve never been like this before, and I’m not going to start now. I think I can always be better. I think when you try to get something done, you first have to look in the mirror, look at yourself, see the things you can do better and the ways in which you can.” During which you contribute in a better way towards improving the team. “

He definitely did, while simultaneously opening the door to entering the top five of this week’s Kia Race to the MVP ladder.

Since Harden’s debut with the Nets on January 16, the team has had a record of 26 to 7 matches played.

James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets is the best player in this month’s Kia NBA convention.

“I cannot control everything going on around me,” said Harden, who leads the league with assists (11.1 per match). “But the only thing I know I can control is myself. So, I have to do a better job at making my decision, getting guys into position, and having a chance. If we get a shot, that’s good enough. Then, we can have it.” On our defense group. I will be better. “

The Kia Race to the MVP Ladder remains wide open, in part due to injury stars LeBron James and Joel Embiid. But players like Harden and Nikola Jokic continue to shine as the competition rages over the extended term for this season. So, it comes as no surprise that Jukic and Harden won Player of the Month in the NBA at Kia At their conferences for March.

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Jokic retains first place in this week’s Kia race to MVP Ladder, while Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic breaks through the top five after averaging 29.4 points per match throughout March and scoring 43.3% of a 3-point range in roughly 35 minutes per game. . Portland Trail Blazers goalkeeper Damian Lillard moves into second place, while Embiid and James are finally out of the top five.

And now, this week’s top five in the 2020-21 Kia Race to the MVP ladder:


1. Nikola Gokic, The Denver Nuggets

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

Season Statistics: 26.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 8.5 apg, 1.6 spg

Nikola Gokic of the Denver Nuggets is the MVP at this month’s Kia NBA Western Conference.

A triple double machine, Jokic is one of the main reasons for Denver 9-3 since the all-star break. The big guy might be on his way to finish the season at the club a far fetched 50-40-90. Denver completed its first season sweep for Philadelphia since 2015-16 on Tuesday by dominating the 76ers inside with Jokic. Team Nuggets won the recoil battle against Embiid-less 76ers 51-34 and outperformed them at Paint 44-32. Then on Thursday, Jockic I found ways to connect With the new addition Aaron Gordon buckets on their way to a Win 101-94 Against clippers.


2. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

the last Ranking of the week: No. 3

Season Statistics: 29.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.8 apg

Coach Orlando Watkins, Damian Lillard High School Coach, reflects on his All-Star pre-season days and his first “Logo Lillard” moment.

NBA The second scorer, Lillard continues to fight through several troublesome injuries to lead the rookie Portland team that sits sixth in the Western Conference. The Blazers will enter tonight’s match against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee Bucks (10 ET, NBA TV) Riding a four-match winning streak as Lillard averaged 25.7 ppg in the three matches he played during the streak. Lillard broke the Detroit Pistons from the depths on Wednesday, scoring 5 of 7 to finish with 33 points. What is terrifying is that Lillard thinks the Trail Blazers, who have suffered so many injuries this season, are finally back. “Heading up.”

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3. James Harden, Brooklyn Nets

Last week’s ranking: sixth

Season Statistics: 25.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 11.1 apg

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Hardening He only missed his third match Since joining the Nets on Thursday – due to a tight right hamstring – after initially being injured the night before in Brooklyn Winning return Against Houston Rockets. Nets coach Steve Nash has expressed optimism that Harden’s injury will not keep him out of action for an extended period of time. Brooklyn was 7-6 years old before taking possession of Harden, but since then he went 26-7 in the matches he played while he was 1-2 in the matches he missed. Harden Excellent gameplay It was Key in climbing Brooklyn to the top of the Eastern Conference Ranking for the first time since April 2003.


4. Giannis Antetokounmo, Milwaukee Bucks

the last Ranking of the week: No. 2

Season Statistics: 28.3 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.3 bpg

Game summary: PAX 112, Lakers 97

Antetokounmpo finished with their worst career draw minus 31 in 34 minutes on Monday in a loss to the Clippers. This was followed on Wednesday by nine turnovers against the Lakers (which also equaled a spike in his career). However, Antetokounmpo scored a double double (25 points, 10 rebounds) to help Milwaukee capture three matches. Better yet, he ended March with 3 shots with 10% (39.4%) better accuracy than the previous two months. Milwaukee enters Tonight’s match against Lillard In Portland with a track record of 12-10 on the road (scoring 3-5 on the road against Western teams).

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5. Luca Dunsic, Dallas Mavericks

Last week’s ranking: No. 7

Season Statistics: 28.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 8.9 apg

Game summary: the Mavericks 113, Celtics 108

Doncic missed a straight set on March 26 and 27, and by chance, Dallas lost both matches after winning two in a row. He returned on March 29 and led the Mavericks to successive victories as they quietly crawled to the West Rankings. Despite struggling with the start of the season with accuracy from depth (9.5% on 3 points in December), Doncic was hot in March, averaging 43.3% long-term, 52.7% overall and 29.4 ppg. “It’s a repeat, but it’s also a lot of confidence,” Duncic said on Wednesday after collecting 36 points in the Dallas win over the Boston Celtics. You can see this confidence exuding properly Here.

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The next five:

6. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

7. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

8. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

9. Keri Irving, Brooklyn Nets

10. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

And five more: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors; Rudi Joubert, Utah Jazz; Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans; Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns; Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz.

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Michael C. Wright is a senior writer for NBA.com. You can email him HereFind his archive Here And follow him Twitter.

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