Thomas says while both Antetokounmpo and Harden put up phenomenal numbers during the regular season, he's leaning toward Giannis because the Bucks had the best record in the NBA.
“From the regular season, I thought Harden had another great season, and he did things that another player hasn’t done in a while,” Thomas told Landon Buford of Rockets Wire. “Giannis also had a great regular season, but from a winning standpoint, I always go with the winner.
“This is not a knock on the season that Harden had, but what Giannis did from a winning standpoint, to me he would get my vote. It would only be by a very slim margin because you can make an argument for both of them and they could be co-MVPs. But if I had to pick just one, I would have to give it to Giannis this year.”
The Bucks won 60 games in the regular season. Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. The Greek Freak recorded 54 double-doubles and five triple-doubles.
Harden led the league in scoring for the second consecutive season. He put up 36.1 points and scored at least 50 points nine times. Like Thomas says, both Harden and Antetokounmpo had stellar seasons, it's just that Giannis' Bucks was better than Harden's Rockets.