If the MVP award was decided today, it would be one hell of a hard choice to make.
Of course, that decision won't come until next April and we are just currently under a quarter of a way through the regular season.
With the likes of Russell Westbrook averaging a triple-double, LeBron James being LeBron James and Kevin Durant having a career-year in the wake of his move to the Golden State Warriors, it's almost impossible to say who is the best player in the league right now.
That is unless you are James Harden.
The Houston Rockets guard was posed the question after his Houston Rockets recorded back-to-back road wins over the Warriors and the Nuggets to take them to a pleasing record of 13-7.
“The Beard,” Harden told SI.com, before making his case. “Look at our record. Obviously the numbers, historic numbers. Just my performance overall.”
Confidence is a vital part of any superstar's arsenal, and while Harden should be expected to say as much, the truth it, he is more than in the mix; he is a true contender.
Since moving to the point guard spot, Harden has been lighting up the floor with an average of 28.3 points, 11.8 assists and 7.6 rebounds while posting a 28.3 Player Efficiency Rating that ranks fifth in the NBA.
At just 27-years-old, there's every chance Harden, along with the improving Rockets, will continue to get better, too.