James Harden rates himself as 'best basketball player alive'

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets watches from the end of the court during a free throw opportunity against the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center on November 1, 2013
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden believes that he is the 'best basketball player alive right now' as his confidence continues to grow this summer.

Houston Rockets star James Harden has responded to questioning regarding who is the 'best basketball player alive right now' by voting for himself.

The 24-year-old is considered one of the most elite offensive players in the NBA but his detractors continue to criticise his defensive ability.

When suggested that he made the answer sound easy, Harden responded by insisting that it was an easy answer as he believes he is the best player alive right now, ESPN reports.

Although the Rockets guard did demonstrate humility at other points in the interview, he follows in the footsteps of the likes of Derrick Rose and John Wall in making such a statement.

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