Poll: Rockets’ Harden clear leader for MVP

James Harden and the Houston Rockets finished with the best record in the NBA last season.

Houston Rockets scoring star James Harden is the frontrunner to win NBA MVP at the All-Star break, according to a survey conducted by The Washington Post.

Per Tim Bontemps of The Post:

The latest edition of The Washington Post’s NBA MVP straw poll shows the race is all but over. Barring injury, James Harden will be this season’s MVP.

According to the poll, Harden received 91 of 100 first-place votes, making him all but certain to win if he continues at his current pace.

Harden is averaging a career-high 31.3 points, as well as 9.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds. He is also shooting a career-best 49 percent from the field, having credited new point guard Chris Paul for much of this season’s success.

The Rockets (44-13) own the league’s best record entering the weekend.