James Harden’s the best basketball player alive, according to James Harden

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is looking out for number one. 

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James Harden has a lot of things going for him. Two-time All-Star. The 2012 NBA sixth man of the year award. A plum spot on the national team. That poppin’ fresh beard.

And confidence. Lots and lots of confidence. 

When ESPN.com’s Scoop Jackson asked the Team USA member to name his pick for the best basketball player alive right now, the hirstute Houston Rockets guard didn’t hesitate to point that finger back his way: 

Scoop: Bottom line, you are on this team and a lot of players aren’t, but in your mind, who is the best basketball player alive right now?

Harden: Myself.

Wait, what? Perhaps the 24-year-old didn’t hear right. After all, Jackson hadn’t finished asking the full question.

Scoop: That’s what I was about to say, "including you." You made that sound like it was an easy answer.

Harden: It is. Myself.

Well OK then. Way to look out for number one. 

To be fair, Harden does go on to say he’s still got a lot of learning to do and improvements to make. 

To read why Harden thinks he’s the tops, click for the full interview here