3 Ways James Harden Trade Could Impact NBA MVP Race

The Philadelphia 76ers had been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference throughout the regular season leading up to the NBA Trade Deadline. Following it, there is an argument that could be made that they are the team to beat in the conference.

Daryl Morey landed his man, acquiring James Harden from the Brooklyn Nets along with Paul Millsap. The price was not cheap to pull off that deal, as Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and two first-round picks were sent to Brooklyn.

Morey set out to land an All-Star to pair with Joel Embiid and got the player he coveted in Harden. They now combine to make up one of the best duos in the NBA as both are incredibly gifted offensive players.

Harden’s arrival will mean some sacrifices have to be made. Players will have to adjust their roles and touches will be sacrificed as Harden is a high-usage player. However, through two games, the results have been excellent.

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks handily, as their offense was unstoppable. They scored 133 points against the Timberwolves and another 125 against the Knicks with Harden and Embiid leading the way.

Many people believe that James Harden’s presence will hurt JoelEmbiid’s quest to win the NBA MVP award. But, he could actually help enhance it. Here are three ways that the Harden trade will impact the NBA MVP race.

 

3. Willing Playmaker

What Joel Embiid has accomplished this season has been impressive. He is a multi-faceted offensive player that can score virtually anywhere in the halfcourt. Teams have to step out on the perimeter because he is making 36.7 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Author: Lucy Green