James Harden has had quite the season for the Houston Rockets and now he thinks that he is nearly a lock for NBA MVP.
James Harden isn’t the most outspoken guy in the NBA, but the Houston Rockets’ guard has come out to make quite the statement recently, according to Fran Blinebury of NBA.com. Harden has had one of the best seasons of any player in the league this year and he has led the Rockets to the second-best record in the Western Conference.
In a recent interview with NBA.com’s Blinebury, Harden said, “I feel as though I am the MVP. I think the MVP is the most valuable player to your team. Obviously you have to be winning and be one of the top teams in this league and we are.”
“I feel as though I am the MVP.” -James Harden
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The 25-year-old superstar has taken over this team, averaging 27.6 points, 6.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game while also averaging 1.9 steals per contest. Those are the numbers of true NBA MVP and, in Harden’s eyes, he has the crown all but locked up.
This is true. Harden is very valuable to his team and he creates a ton of offense by leading the league in scoring while averaging nearly seven assists per game. Therefore, Harden is responsible for over 40 points per game — that’s an impressive stat.
He went on to say, “I’ve just been doing the right things to put my team in situations to win, considering all of the different circumstances we’ve had to deal with.”
I’m looking at all those things put together. Like I said, not taking away from Steph or that team. It’s an unbelievable season that they’re having. But we’re having a pretty good season as well with all the injuries and all that we’ve been going through this season.”
So does that make him the league MVP? It very well might.
Sure, Stephen Curry has had a great year, making highlight plays on a nightly basis, breaking records and leading the Golden State Warriors to the best record in the NBA. However, Curry has guys like Klay Thompson (who happens to rank in the top 10 in scoring as well), Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala coming off the bench.
Harden has had to deal with injuries to teammates, like Patrick Beverley, all year long. Not giving him any leg up because of injuries, but he is definitely the most valuable player to his team in the entire league.
Take Harden out of the lineup and the top offensive option is Dwight Howard followed by Trevor Ariza. Take Curry out and you still have Thompson and Green.
If Russell Westbrook leads the Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs, he might win the hardware, but until then, I think Harden has some solid points.
League MVP? Harden votes for Harden.
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