In a straw poll of 106 media members who cover the NBA, James Harden placed first with 910 points ahead of Russell Westbrook with 768.
Harden received 53 first-place votes while Westbrook had 26 first-place votes. Harden finished second in MVP voting in 2015 behind Stephen Curry.
Kawhi Leonard (658) and LeBron James (600) finished third and fourth in the poll.
Isaiah Thomas or John Wall are vying to round out the top-5.