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Kyrie Irving interesting take on this year's MVP race

Kyrie Irving

On Monday, James Harden took home his first NBA MVP award, and the voting wasn't particularly close. Harden received 86 of 101 first-place votes, with LeBron James coming in second and Anthony Davis third.

In the eyes of James' former teammate and current Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving, James deserved MVP recognition of some kind. Irving spoke with Hot 97 in New York on Wednesday and said while Harden is "the people's MVP", James is "the NBA's MVP."

"MVP, it's hard to gauge nowadays. Because now you have the people's MVP and you have, like, the NBA's MVP," Irving said.

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I was happy for [Harden]. I didn’t vote. MVP is hard to gauge nowadays because now you have the people’s MVP and the NBA’s MVP. I think the people’s MVP was definitely James [Harden] but the NBA MVP was definitely ‘Bron. I mean if we’re talking strictly based on stats, he checks off every box… He’s incredible.

Harden led the NBA in scoring in 2017-18, averaging 30.4 points per game, and led the Rockets to a franchise-record 65 wins. He became the first Rockets player to garner MVP honors since Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon in 1993-94.

James averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds and played in every single regular-season game for the first time in his career. James has not won the award since his back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 following his NBA titles with the Miami Heat.

While Irving dubbed Harden "the people's MVP," the fans do not vote on postseason awards -- that honor goes to select media members. But there seems to be a consensus that LeBron has been, and continues to be, the best player in the league, which makes it strange that he hasn't won an MVP since 2013.

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