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With the NBA season right around the corner, it's typical to see fantasy owners and players arguing about who's the better player


But who's the first guard you should take in a fantasy draft? Is it Russell Westbrook or James Harden?


These are the MVP winners from the past two seasons and two of the most electrifying players in the league. You honestly can't go wrong with either, but let's end the debate and decide who the right choice is.


James Harden: We all know what The Beard brings to the table -- scoring, scoring, and more scoring. He led the league in points this past season with 30.4 per game. Harden may not seem like a stat-sheet filler, but he still averaged 1.8 steals per game, thrived in the distribution game with 8.8 dimes per contest and, of course, contributed in every category when it came to shooting. The Rockets added Carmelo Anthony, which could take away a few shots from Harden but overall it shouldn't impact his fantasy output. 

Russell Westbrook: And speaking of Anthony, his move out of OKC could be something that impacts Westbrook this season since Brody could get even more looks without Melo in the way. He's already the only player in the history of the NBA to average a triple-double in back-to-back seasons, and it's very possible this season could be his third. But remember, if you're drafting Westbrook, he shot under 30 percent from beyond the arc last season and this year will be no different.

The Verdict: You can make an argument for either player, but this mostly comes down to usage. Harden led the league in that category last year and is expected to do so once again this season. Westbrook has the potential to lead the league in scoring, as he did a few years ago, but that was before the arrival of Paul George. OKC doesn't have to lean on him quite as much, which could lead to him not having the ball in his hands as much as Harden does. Even with Melo arriving, Harden is expected to be the same exact player he was last season, putting him ever so slightly above Westbrook.


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