PBT Extra: James Harden running away with NBA MVP race

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He will be a bridesmaid no more.

James Harden has finished second in the NBA MVP voting twice (2017 and 2015) and in the top five a couple other times, but has yet to win. That changes this year — he is the clear frontrunner for the award.

That’s what I get into in this PBT Extra — Harden been the consensus of media who vote on the award. He also was the consensus of the fans I polled on Twitter — 67 percent had Harden as MVP, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis each picking up 13 percent to come in second/third.

So long as Harden plays in 10 or more of the Rockets remaining 14 games — if he plays less than 70 games, it will give some voters pause — he should win.

It’s the bottom four slots on the ballot that are much more wide open. Davis, LeBron, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan and others can make a case for inclusion. Voters will go a lot of different directions there. But the top of the ballot is clear.