Despite the NBA season only having two-thirds of the way under wraps, Chris Paul has no doubt in his mind who will win the Most Valuable Player award at the end of this season.

For the nine-time All-Star, “it’s not even going to be close.”

“Have you been watching? A lot of people just get the alert on their phones. Double-double, triple-double, whatever,” Paul told Michael Lee of Yahoo! Sports, making Harden’s case for the honor. “I watch every game that comes on, every night. If you’re just getting alerts on your phone and see what the stats are, you don’t know what’s happening.”

“I see the work that he puts in day in and day out. I see what our record is and how many games I’ve been out [11-7]. We got a ways to go but to me, I get a chance to see what he does for our team.”

Harden is perhaps the top candidate in the list of impending MVPs, having lost two narrow battles to Stephen Curry and once to former teammate Russell Westbrook for the award within the last three seasons.

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The Beard is leading the league with 31.3 points, coupled with 9.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game, all while considerably cutting down his turnovers this season after handing off some of the play-making duties to Paul.

He’s also shooting his highest percentage from beyond the arc (38.4 percent) with a Rockets jersey — a feat that has helped immensely with his all-around numbers. As the Rockets hold on to the best record in the league through the All-Star break, Harden is indisputably building a very strong case to become an MVP for the first time in his career, with or without Paul’s campaigning.