MVP! MVP! MVP! It‘s official: James Harden is the MVP of the NBA 2017-18 season. Winning the award over none other than the King himself, LeBron James, and the Brow, Anthony Davis, the guard of the Houston Rockets deserves the Maurice Podoloff Trophy without any doubt. Most Valuable Player, let that sink in.
James Harden truly made NBA history with his superb season, so the MVP award was the only reasonable and ultimate outcome. Leading the league with 30.4 points per game while adding 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds to his stats, the Beard played one-of-a-kind. As if that were not enough, he broke the 50-point plateau multiple times. Four times in total, man that boy was locked in. Not to mention his epic game against the Orlando Magic on January 30th, when Harden dropped the first 60-point triple-double in NBA history. 60 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds!
Harden not only made use of his ability to raise the level of his game, but applied this to the play of his teammates. Acquiring star point guard Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets were ready to take off at the beginning of last season – and that‘s exactly what they did. James Harden was spectacular all season long, but the entire team eventually stood out. The Rockets rolled right through the Western Conference with a crazy 65-17 record, beating 58 wins in a season for the first time in franchise history. The team from Houston claimed the regular-season title and clinched the No. 1 seed of the West against none other than the eventual 2018 NBA champs, the Golden State Warriors.
In the playoffs, the Rockets defeated the 8th-seeded Timberwolves in the First Round in five games, advancing to the Conference Semifinals, where they defeated the Utah Jazz in five games. During game seven of the Western Conference Finals, one win away from the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995, they broke yet another record. This time, not in their favor. The Rockets set an NBA playoff record by missing 27 straight 3-point shots. Losing 101 – 92, they paved the way for the Warriors to the Larry O‘Brien trophy.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni coached Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and two-time Kia MVP Steve Nash. Yet it was Harden who received D'Antoni's greatest compliment when he called Harden the “best offensive player he has ever seen” last season. The best offensive player needs the best weapon. Thus, the adidas hoops team equipped James Harden with the brandnew Harden Vol.2 in Mid February – perfect timing for the All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, where the new signature shoe was launched at the adidas‘ 747 Warehouse - an event location for basketball culture. 2 days of creativity featuring exclusive drops, athlete appearances, customization and live acts by none other than Pusha T, French Montana, N.E.R.D and many more. What a release for the all-new Harden Vol.2.
Tailored to the Beard‘s unique game – quick changes of direction, step-backs and Eurosteps – the adidas Harden Vol.2 was uniquely constructed to elevate Harden‘s deceptive footwork. Featuring a full-length BOOST and FORGEFIBER, the second volume in Harden‘s signature line follows the footsteps of Volume 1 and optimizes every component. MVP-like!
Forgefiber hits the court for the first time, providing all the comfort Harden needs while supporting his movements. The yarn is compressed across stretch-based mesh and stitched with three unique layers. The sock-like upper features a customizable lacing system, equipped for all around fit and personalized lockdown – as unique as the Rocket‘s guard himself.
James Harden‘s on-court game is all about changing direction quickly and staying light on his feet. The Harden Vol. 2 design team and lead designer Rashad Williams decided to go with their best and most responsive cushioning system yet, the adidas BOOST. The more energy you give, the more you get. A full-length Boost cushioning provides a balanced platform, reinforced torsion control and durable stability.
Engineered for the movements that seperate Harden from the rest, the design team went back to the lab with advanced generative software to evolve the Harden Vol. 2 traction pattern. Testing and data mapping the Beard‘s on-court movement, a pattern was created to vary densities across the outsole and focus on Harden‘s key zones for changing direction.
Comfortable. Stable. Supportive. Durable. Boost provides the most responsible energy return, enabling every athlete to give more and get more in return. Go-to-cushioning for adidas hoops, delivering comfort on 100.
Custom-laced upper and TPU-coated yarns of Forgefiber for a flexible stability and comfort in motion without the traditional stiffness. Three unique stitched layers help reinforce every step – from jab step to step-back up to the Eurostep.
The evolved traction pattern elevates quick start-and-stop movements. Derived from testing and data mapping, the patterns of the sole are optimized for changing directions.