NBA 2017 MVP Race: Stephen Curry Thinks James Harden Should Win Coveted Plum, Not Russell Westbrook and LeBron James

By Raymund Tamayo, Posted: 03/14/17 05:30PM EDT

Everybody seems to have their own opinion on who will win this season's NBA Most Valuable Player award. Including two-time defending MVP awardee and first-ever unanimous winner Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

Curry, who just turned 29 on Tuesday, has all but lost his opportunity to win the award for the third consecutive year. One of the main reasons aside from the Warriors not being in their usual winning pace is the acquisition of Kevin Durant, who has played a bigger role in the squad before he was sidelined by a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise earlier this month.

Asked for his opinion on who is the most deserving to win the MVP award this season, the four-time NBA All-Star responded without hesitation. Curry said that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is his preference over Durant's former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook and four-time regular season MVP winner LeBron James, Bleacher Report reported.

"You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise," said Curry, defending his MVP choice. "That's just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James will probably edge him (Westbrook) out just off of that."

Westbrook is the league's scoring leader with 31.9 points. He is also currently averaging a triple-double with 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists per night. However, the Thunder are sixth in the West at the moment with a 37-29 record, and are 15 games behind joint leaders San Antonio Spurs and the Warriors.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are third in the Western Conference standings with a 46-21 slate, and are 8.5 games ahead of the Thunder. Harden is the team's best player with averages of 29.1 points, 7.9 boards, and a league-leading 11.2 assists per game. James, who is leading the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers to a so far Eastern Conference-best 43-22 record, is averaging 26.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game this season.

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