Houston Rockets star James Harden insists that he feels as though he has done enough this year to win the NBA MVP award despite stiff competition.
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Harden is averaging 27.6 points, 6.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds this season and has certainly made a strong case for the MVP award with his overall play.
However, the likes of Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis have all put up equally as impressive numbers over the season and all have a legitimate argument to win.
Curry is considered the clear betting favourite at this late stage in the race, while Westbrook has been on a triple-double tear since Kevin Durant was sidelined as both James and Davis have led their respective teams.
“Yeah, I think I’ve done enough; that’s not my main focus,” Harden said, according to ESPN.
“It would be a blessing and a great honor, something that I’ve dreamed of as a kid. I think every kid dreams that, of being the MVP of the NBA.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr suggested that the race was over after Curry scored 45 points in the win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, but Harden is arguably not yet done making his case.
The Rockets guard has certainly deserved recognition at the very least, as he has ultimately carried the team for the majority of the season as Dwight Howard was sidelined for a significant period with a knee problem.
Harden has previously made a point of avoiding the conversation, but it is clear that the award would mean a lot to me and he remains hopeful he has done enough in the eyes of the voters.