You'll never guess who he's picking.
"I feel as though I am the MVP," the
In one of the tightest MVP races in recent memory, Harden is right up there in the conversation, along with guys such as
"I'm not taking credit away from anybody else in the league," he said. "But I've been consistent all year. 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."
Harden's point is well taken. Not only does he lead the league with 27.6 points a game -- just ahead of Westbrook's 27.5 -- he has done so while carrying a Rockets team that has been plagued by injuries more than any other playoff contender this season.
But with just a few days left in the NBA season, the MVP race is far from over. On the same day Harden's comments were posted, Curry put up 45 points and broke his own record for three-pointers in a season (276) as the Warriors beat Portland, 116-105, to bring their league-best record to 64-15.
"Like I said, not taking away from Steph or that team. It's an unbelievable season that they're having," Harden said in the NBA.com interview. "But we're having a pretty good season as well with all the injuries and all that we've been going through this season.
"Look, I understand that people can go either way with it. But for the most valuable player, I think I would have the edge."