Jayson Tatum: James Harden deserved MVP over Giannis Antetokounmpo last season

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James Harden griped about Giannis Antetokounmpo winning 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player. That began a back-and-forth between Antetokounmpo and Harden, who won 2018 MVP but finished second last year.

Now, Celtics forward Jason Tatum has entered the fray.

Tatum on Instagram with pep_gol1ve:

James Harden should’ve won MVP last year.

He definitely should have won back-to-back MVPs.

I appreciate Tatum’s opinion. That said, Antetokounmpo deserved 2019 MVP.

Antetokounmpo has downplayed a feud with Harden, but it’s tough to believe Antetokounmpo hasn’t found extra motivation against the Rockets – or even Harden’s All-Star team. Likewise, Antetokounmpo could have a little more juice when the Bucks next face Boston.