Harden, at a recent event sneaker event, nominated himself as the League’s MVP.
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 4, 2016
The 27-year-old superstar is averaging 28.3 points, a League-best 11.8 assists and 7.6 rebounds for the Rockets.
As the party, complete with break-dancers and pop-a-shot games, continued outside, Harden got down to business. And right now, business is good, with the Rockets ahead of expectations at 13—7, boasting the NBA’s third-ranked offense and coming off back-to-back road wins over the Warriors and Nuggets. Meanwhile, Harden is back in the MVP mix after finishing second to Stephen Curry in 2015, joining a deep field of candidates that includes Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Chris Paul in the early conversation.
Harden didn’t pause or blink when asked for his own MVP pick. He simply nominated himself.
“The Beard,” Harden said, before making his case. “Look at our record. Obviously the numbers, historic numbers. Just my performance overall.”