Video: Rockets’ PJ Tucker wears shirt pointing to James Harden as ‘MVP’
This season’s NBA MVP race is as tight as ever. Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden and Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo are the clear front-runners. But the two are neck-and-neck. It is very likely that their performance over the final few weeks of the season will decide the winner. But for Harden’s teammate, power forward P.J. Tucker, the winner is clear. He showed off his pick for the award prior to Houston’s Tuesday nights game against the Bucks. Via NBA on TNT on Twitter:
P.J. Tucker is making his Kia MVP pick clear. 👀🚀
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 26, 2019
Tucker and Harden walked through the tunnels together prior to the game. An arrow on Tucker’s “I’m with the MVP” sweatshirt pointed directly at his Rockets teammate. Talk about a bold fashion statement.
Harden has a very strong case to win the award for the second consecutive season. The 29-year-old is averaging a league-leading 36.4 points. He has also posted 6.4 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game and is shooting 43.9%. The seven-time All-Star scored an absurd 57 points last Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. It appears that Harden is heating up at exactly the right time.
While less decorated, Tucker has been a valuable player for Houston this season as well. The 33-year-old veteran is averaging 7.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists, providing stability for the team at the power forward position.
Houston holds the third seed in the Western Conference, three games behind the second-seed Denver Nuggets. They have already clinched their seventh consecutive postseason appearance.