Wizards’ John Wall says Giannis Antetokounmpo is his MVP
John Wall doesn’t have a vote for MVP. If the Washington Wizards’ injured point guard did, though, his justification for picking Giannis Antetokounmpo over James Harden is one that would no doubt be shared by many of his fellow voters.
In a sit down with Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Wall explained that Antetokounmpo’s status as the best player on the league’s best team makes him the most worthy choice for the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, especially considering precedent set by Harden’s most recent finishes in the MVP race.
“To me, I mean, James is my guy, but I’ll go Giannis just because he has the best record in the league,” he said. “I just feel like not last year, but the year before, everyone thinks James should have won it then, but he didn’t win enough. Last year, he got first in the West, overall best record in the league — that’s why he finally cracked that safe to get [MVP].
“The numbers he’s put up this year have been historic,” Wall continued. “Never seen it before since, what, Jordan averaging 37 was the last time we’ve seen it? Those numbers and all that speak for itself. He’s like unguardable — you can’t do nothing with it. But I’m just like if you’re going off wins, I’ll go Giannis.”
Just like 2017, when Russell Westbrook, in his first season averaging a triple-double, beat out Harden and Kawhi Leonard, there is no right or wrong answer for MVP this year. But the overwhelming success of the Milwaukee Bucks makes it easy to forget that Antetokounmpo had every bit as impressive a statistical resume as Harden’s 36.1 points per game on 61.6 percent true shooting.
Harden, obviously, would be a would deserving winner. If the criteria for MVP weighs wins and losses close to as much as production, though, it’s fair to submit that Antetokounmpo has a slightly strong case.