LeBron James’ NBA MVP Vote Is In — And It’s Not For James Harden

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Cleveland Cavaliers Forward LeBron James

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LeBron James has cast his (unofficial) MVP vote for the 2017-18 NBA season.

And it’s for none other than himself.

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers have dealt with their fair share of injuries and notable trades this season, James told The Associated Press he’d pick himself for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

His reason: “The body of work, how I’m doing it, what’s been happening with our team all year long, how we’ve got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me.”

Despite the 33-year-old averaging 27.4 points, 9.1 assists, 8.6 rebounds with 55 percent shooting, Houston Rockets point guard James Harden has been in the running for the award essentially all season with a team that arguably could be better than the Golden State Warriors.

Harden, who leads the Rockets in scoring while averaging 30.7 points, 8.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, has helped guide his team to the top seed in the Western Conference. James, meanwhile, is playing for a Cavs team that’s 10.5 games out of first place in the Eastern Conference as of Wednesday.

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