DALLAS, TX (Sporting Alert) — Houston Rockets guard James Harden believes he’s done enough to be selected as the NBA’s regular season MVP.
Harden, who leads the league in scoring at an average of 27.6 points per game, is also dishing out 6.9 assists per game and pulling down 5.7 rebounds per contest.
The former Oklahoma City Thunder standout is battling with the likes of Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, but he believes he has been the consistent this term and it should be merited with the award.
“I feel as though I am the MVP,” Harden said. “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’m not taking credit away from anybody else in the league. 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 main challenger, according to the pundits, is Curry, but the Rockets-man thinks his overall game performances gives him the edge.
“I’m looking at all those things put together,” Harden added. “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.
“Look, I understand that people can go either way with it. But for the most valuable player, I think I would have the edge.”
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is apparently going with Harden to win this year’s MVP honor.
Harden, who is averaging 31.1 points and shooting 44.9 percent from the field over the last 10 games, has helped the Houston Rockets to a 53-25 overall season record.
Curry’s Golden State Warriors lead the NBA with the best record, at 64-15.