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James Harden is making a strong case to be the second unanimous MVP

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At the end of the 2015/16 season, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry made NBA history when he was named as the first ever unanimous MVP.

The three-point marksman stands alone with that honour but that may not last long as he deserves to be joined by Houston Rockets star James Harden.

The shooting guard is having a phenomenal campaign with the Rockets which sees him leading the league in scoring and has his team sitting at the top of the Western Conference standings with the best record in the league.

After finishing second in MVP voting in two of the last three years, there's no doubt that the six-time All-Star will finally get his hands on the award this time around.

The only question is: will he win it unanimously?

Making a case

There's a reason why only one player in the league's history has been able to accomplish it; it's an extremely difficult feat to pull off.

The NBA is and has been blessed with some of the greatest basketball players of all time and with multiple superstars contesting for the MVP award every year, it's rare to see one player be so far ahead of the pack.

Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

Curry was deserving of being the first unanimous pick after his astonishing season where he transcended the game with his shooting prowess and was doing things out of the ordinary.

He led the league in scoring, he joined the exclusive 50-40-90 shooting club and made a record 402 three-pointers, which may never be topped. The Warriors also surpassed the legendary 1995-96 Chicago Bulls to set a new regular season mark for wins with 73.

That's what it took for the league's first unanimous MVP to be crowned.

As harsh as it may seem, Harden isn't producing something close to that but the consistency with which he has played throughout the year means he still deserves be the top vote on every voter's ballot.

Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

His head coach certainly believes he's doing otherworldly things on the court this year.

"He is at another level," coach Mike D'Antoni said earlier this season, per the Houston Chronicle. "I've never seen someone do some of the things he is doing."

'The Beard' is averaging terrific numbers of 31.2 points, 8.9 assists, and 5.2 rebounds a game for the 49-13 Rockets, who are currently on a 14-game winning streak.

If they manage to secure the number one seed in the west and stop the Warriors from claiming it for the first time in four years, it would add to an incredible campaign for Harden.

Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

Some of his performances this year have been outstanding, with his highlight moment coming at the end of January when he became the first player in league history to notch a 60-point triple-double against the Orlando Magic.

The 28-year-old has scored 40 or more points nine times and 50 or more four times. To put that into perspective, Kevin Durant, one of the best scorers the league has ever seen, only has five 50-point games in his career so far.

Harden has produced mouthwatering plays all season and even owns the crossover of the year after he embarrassed Wesley Johnson of the Los Angeles Clippers with this disrespectful move:

He should be presented with the MVP award today simply for that play alone.

There are definitely challengers for the honour as LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Anthony Davis are all enjoying terrific individual campaigns, but Harden is the MVP and it shouldn't even be close.

The All-NBA guard has finished as runner-up twice but his time has finally come to get up on that podium. It's just a question of how much he will it by.

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