's 10 most popular stories from the week ending Feb. 20

Friday February 20th, 2015

Here is a roundup of's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

The Unlikely MVP

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James Harden went from a sixth man to a leading scorer when he was traded from Oklahoma City to Houston. Now, he's more than just a scorer—he's the NBA's most valuable playerBy Lee Jenkins.

Courtroom Drama

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Thanks to a selfless coach, the sons of Mexican migrants in a dirt-poor California town turned their backs on drugs and gangs and built an athletic dynasty. But what would they do without him? By Gary Smith.

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