For years NBA players have said they are better suited to pick league MVP and other player awards. It was because of this that the players put together the NBPA first annual Players Awards. According to several players around the league, the real MVP wasn't Steph Curry; instead, it was James Harden. While Curry finished with 262 voting points ahead of Harden, the latter had the better year by far. Harden finished ahead of Curry in points and rebounds per game.