Kia MVP Ladder: Antetokounmpo bolsters his case with key win in Houston - - Fri 11 Jan 18:26 GMT

Kia MVP Ladder: Antetokounmpo bolsters his case with key win in Houston -

Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t think he’s quite “there yet” when it comes to the Kia MVP chase. With all due respect, Mr. “Greek Freak,” the basketball world begs to differ. You are

  Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks   Giannis Antetokounmpo came up huge in a win vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.Last week:  No. 2 Season stats:  26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.3 steals Antetokounmpo seems to be the only person on the planet who isn’t moved by his consistent brilliance this season.

  James Harden, Houston Rockets   Relive some of the best shots James Harden has amassed of late.Last week:  No. 1 Season stats:  33.9 points, 8.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals Harden has moved into hallowed ground with his current scoring barrage, as his 14 straight games of 30-plus points ties Hall of Famer (and fellow Rockets legend) Tracy McGrady for the second-longest streak since the ABA/NBA merger.

  No. 3 Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors   Stephen Curry has changed the way many teams approach shooting.Last week:  No. 3 Season stats:  28.9 points, 5.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals Curry shot a rather un-Splash Brother-ish 5-for-19 in Tuesday’s home win against the New York Knicks, which includes an ugly 3-for-12 showing from 3-point range.

  Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors   Kawhi Leonard keyed Toronto to a win against Milwaukee on Saturday.Last week:  No. 4 Season stats:  27.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals MVP voters must decide if the work Leonard did while he was playing outweighs how good the Raptors were all season whether he was in or out of the lineup.

  Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets   Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double and nailed the game-winner vs. Miami.Last week:  No. 7 Season stats:  19.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.5 steals Jokic continues to deliver for the Nuggets in every category, doing his crafty best to help keep coach Michael Malone’s team at the top of the Western Conference.