Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is a bonafide juggernaut in the NBA. Teams can only hope to slow him down, and opposing coaches always come up with ways in order to slow down the Beard from dropping at least thirty points on their heads.

The man himself knows that he’s virtually unstoppable and is confident of his position in the game. His opinion that he’s the best in the NBA only stems from the experience he’s had with opposing teams this season.

He talked with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and revealed to the world why he thinks he’s one of the best to ever play the game.

There’s not a lot of players that can command a double team the moment he crosses the halfcourt. His scoring acumen and incredible vision makes him a nightmare of a player to guard. His growing defensive capabilities is also a testament to his all-around skill as a player. He’s the reason why the extreme small-ball the Rockets are using is working to perfection.

His stats this season also show why he’s confident that he is one of the best players in the league today. He’s averaging 35.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting a respectable 44% field goal percentage. These numbers would easily make him the MVP if it happened during the early years of the 2010s.

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What makes this feat all the more impressive is how he’s getting all of these numbers while playing alongside Russell Westbrook. Many had doubts about the compatibility of the two teammates who first shared the floor as part of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they’ve more than proven them wrong at this point. They showcased to everyone that not only will they be able to play together, but they will also be able to thrive.

In spite of all of the things Harden is doing, he’s still not a favorite to win the MVP. He thinks that it’s a slight against what he’s doing this season, and he plans to silence them all by winning the Larry O’Brien trophy in June.