The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) reacts to hitting a 3-point shot against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
The Warriors’ Klay Thompson chose himself over Houston’s James Harden and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler two weeks ago when considering who the best shooting guard was in the NBA.
Harden, whose team hosts the Warriors on Thursday, slightly shook his head and offered his own opinions on the matter.
“People are going to talk,” Harden told reporters Wednesday. “Just let them talk and do what they’re going to do. Whatever gets them excited, whatever gives them that confidence to want to talk, go ahead and do it. But we really know what’s going on.”
Asked about Harden in wake of Thompson’s pick, Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters, “I think James is pretty good.”
When Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father, was asked on SiriusXM last week to put on his analyst’s hat and evaluate the case for Klay, he mentioned Harden as well.
“He definitely makes the case,” Mychal said of Klay. “So does Harden, so does Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal every now and then shows up to be the best from week to week. So it all depends on who’s having the best week. But Klay is definitely in the conversation.”
Harden, of course, did some talking of his won in the preseason to NBA.com when reiterating that he still felt he deserved to win the MVP award over Stephen Curry.
“I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” he said. “I thought I was last year, too.”