- Official MVP rankings: Harden enters the top 5
The NBA official website updated the MVP rankings today, and the top four did not change from last week. With the Rockets' winning streak, the recent hot James Handen scored in the top 5 for the first time this season.
1. Janis-Adetokounmpo, Bucks
Last week's ranking: 1
Averaged data: 26.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.4 blocked shots.
On the day of the Christmas War, the letter brother turned the Madison Square Garden into its own home. He scored 30 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocked shots, and easily won a victory. Only two days later, the two teams met again, still the same story, the letter brother with 31 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks of performance, once again led the Bucks to beat the Knicks.
In the past 10 games, the alphabet has averaged 24.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.7 blocked shots. The shooting percentage is an astonishing 60.9%, making it difficult for others to drive him from the top spot. More importantly, under his leadership, the Bucks are welcoming the 2019 with a fiery state.
2, Kawai - Leonard, Raptors
Last week's ranking: 2
Averaged data: 26.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals
Leonard and his Raptors were not scheduled to appear in the Christmas War, but it turned out to be a mistake. The next day against the Heat, they made up for this regret, Leonard with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals, led the team to win a wonderful victory.
Since December, Leonard has averaged 30.1 points per game with a 52% field goal percentage, plus 8.1 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Despite all the doubts that the Raptors have performed equally well during his absence, Leonard’s excellence is not to be erased.
3. LeBron James, Lakers
Last week's ranking: 3
Averaged data: 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.3 steals
James’ injury in the Christmas War brought the hearts of all Lakers fans to the eyes of the blind. At that time, he said that he had heard a "squeaky" sound, but after the game, it was confirmed that it was only a groin strain, which was not serious. Next, James will be scheduled to take a few breaks, and this will be a test for the young players of the Lakers.
In December, James averaged 25.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. His personal performance is comparable to that of any player in the league. He hopes that he will return as soon as possible and bring us more exciting performances.
4. Stephen Curry, Warriors
Last week's ranking: 4
Averaged data: 28.6 points, 5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.3 steals
In the Christmas game, Curry performed abnormally. He only scored 15 points on 5 of 17 shots. But yesterday, against the Blazers, he rebounded and scored 29 points to help the team drag the game into overtime when the score was behind. It is a pity that in the end they still fell short and was beaten by Lillard.
The Warriors' current situation is worrying, Draymond Green and Clay Thompson have fallen into the doldrums, and there is no sense of existence on the bench. They don't just need DeMarcus Cousins to come back early, but they also need Curry and Durant to play a more stable performance.
5, James Harden, Rockets
Last week's ranking: 7
Averaged data: 32.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 2.1 steals
As the Rockets' record rebounded, last season's MVP was no longer left out. Recently, Harden’s personal performance is undoubtedly the hottest in the league. In the past two games, he scored 40+ back-to-back. The Christmas game won 41 points for the Thunder and 45 points for the Celtics yesterday. Currently, Harden has scored at least 30 points in eight consecutive games, setting a personal longest record.
In addition, yesterday's battle against the Green Army, or Harden won the 35+ score for the sixth consecutive game, the same for his first career. The last player to achieve this achievement is Carmelo Anthony in April 2013. This season, Harden has scored 40 points in 8 times, ranking first in the league, and only 2 times in the second-ranked Anthony Davis.