NBA MVP Race

Here’s a poll for YOU, the fans. The second half of the season is about to begin, who do YOU think will win the season? We’ve put obvious 4 names that everyone seemingly has in: Beard, Bron, Brow and…Steph!

Vote away!

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Facets Player(s) of the Night: The Bearded One

Pizza rolls, beards, and free throws are this mans calling. James Harden had another monster night as Houston left Phoenix with a big conference victory.

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Beard put on a masterful performance with his second straight 40 point game coming on 13 of 23 shooting and taking a usual 14 trips to the foul line making 11 of them. Scoring wasn’t the whole story. At all. Harden grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 9 assists and chipped in defensively nabbing 3 steals. In other words, this was one of the best performances anyone’s had all season. Lets not forget beard is in the middle of an MVP race and doing that without his partner in crime, Dwight Howard still out with a right injury and isn’t slated to return for quite some time.

Steph, Beard, Bron, and Brow are all in contention for the Most Valuable Player award. Performances like James Harden had tonight, helps his case tremendously.

Facets Player of the Night: James Harden

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Fear the Beard. That beard belongs to James Harden who exploded for 44 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds in a big win versus Portland. He’s our player of the night.

His third 40 point game this December leads the league, as it was his 11th with at least 30 points as well. Doing the simple math, James accounted for a minimum of 58 points between just scoring and dishing the ball.

He shot the ball very well going 14-26 from the floor and going 12-13 from the free throw line, the attempts from the line have become customary. He only turned the ball over once during the 32 minutes he played.

All Facets of the Game NBA All-Star Ballot

We’re less than two months away from the all-star game and the ballot just opened up to all fans. So it’s time we show you who we believe should be on both conferences all-star teams.

Eastern Conference

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1JWALLGuardJohn Wall He’s moved himself into the elite point guard discussion this season. He can score at the rim with the best of them, he’s only 0.3 assists per game from leading the league and he’s third in steals per game. He’s been the best point guard in the east and should be compensated with a starting position in this years all-star game.

NBA: Preseason-Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks

Guard: Jimmy Butler Between he and Dwyane Wade, you can flip a coin. That being said Jimmy, gets me nod for this spot. He’s been one of the better two-way players in the entire league and he’s having a career year. He’s taken the third most free-throws in the league and is playing his way towards a max contract after declining the Bulls first offer.

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Forward: LeBron James The leagues best player is a shoe in, year in year out. The 25 points a night leads the eastern conference and his 7,8 assists per is up a full assist from his career average. Right there in the MVP discussion per usual, LBJ would be here with or without the numbers due to the fans.

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Forward: Carmelo Anthony As bad as the five win Knicks have been, Melo isn’t the reason by any means. One of the leagues best scorer, as per usual, Melo has been scoring and rebounding at a solid clip. Carmelo deserves better than this, but maybe he should have listened to his instinct and left for Chicago.

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Forward: Nikola Vucevic The surprise of the bunch to many, but Nikola has been nothing short of amazing this season. Averaging 18 and 12 is no joke, and doing it on 51.5 percent shooting is impressive. Impressive enough to get him a starting bid.

Bench

Kyle LowryJeff TeagueDwyane WadeTobias Harris – Jeff GreenPau GasolChris BoshAl Jefferson

Western Conference

Starters

Golden State Warriors v Utah Jazz

Guard: Stephen Curry The league’s MVP thus far has been nothing short of spectacular. Averaging 24/7/5 on almost 50/40/90 shooting, Wardell is third in PER and is who everyone wants to watch when the team from Oakland takes the floor.

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Guard: James Harden – He’s scoring the most points per game in the entire NBA, the beard is a strong MVP candidate. Not only has he done it just scoring, but he’s assisting and rebounding at a high level as well; 7 and 6 per, respectively.

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Forward: Blake Griffin – Mr. I only dunk seems to be shooting pretty good outside of just dunking the ball. Shooting 49 percent from the floor and an outstanding 53 percent from three. His rebounding numbers are down, but Blake is a star, and he shines during the all-star game.

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Forward: Anthony Davis – Has a star blossomed before our eyes. AD may be the best player in basketball this season. Best two-way player in the game deserves this nod more than maybe anybody. Will he be the first MVP in the last 20 years that isn’t one of the two best teams in his respective conference?

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Forward: Marc Gasol – The best center in the NBA this season, Gasol has featured a little bit of everything this year; scoring, passing, defense and rebounding. He should be a starter as he’s at the top of the list, as the two starting west guards are, for the MVP.

Bench

Damian LillardChris PaulKlay ThompsonMonta EllisKobe BryantLaMarcus AldridgeDeMarcus Cousins