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James Harden came up short in last season’s NBA MVP voting but went onto be named the MVP at the first ever NBA Players Awards show. The whole point of that award show was for the players to be able to pick for each category and any NBA player will tell you that opinion of a peer matters much more than anyone else’s.
The best statistical player in the league last season, Harden averaged 27.4 points, 7.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game for a Rockets team that went to the Western Conference Finals.
Harden strongly feels that he got robbed of last season’s league MVP award and claims that he is the best player in the league. Via NBA.com:
“You don’t think I can do more?” Harden asks. “Just wait. I’ll show you.”
“I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” he said. “I thought I was last year, too.”
“I know I was the MVP,” Harden said. “That’s 100 percent given all the things that happened last season. Credit the Golden State Warriors for an unbelievable year. They had an unbelievable team, coaching staff, everything. But that award means most valuable to your team. We finished second in the West, which nobody thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year even when everybody was healthy. We were near the top in having the most injuries. We won our division in a division where every single team made the playoffs. There’s so many factors. I led the league in total points scored, minutes played. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me.”