If given the chance, James Harden would've wanted to play against Michael Jordan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) — If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.

This was probably on James Harden's mind when he was asked which player he would've wanted to play against in the NBA.

"I’d probably say Michael Jordan, he’s the GOAT (greatest of all-time). He was just unstoppable so I kind of want to feel what that feels like on both ends of the floor, being in the locker room and just being around him in that competitive nature. Just all that total package from on the court, off the court that he brought to the game of basketball," Harden told reporters in Bonifacio Global City Wednesday.

Jordan retired from the NBA in 2003, while Harden entered the league in 2009.

It's hard to argue with Harden's choice, though, as Jordan is still regarded as the best basketball player in history.

Also popularly known as MJ, Jordan won six NBA titles (hailed Finals MVP in all of them), five-time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team, nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team, 10-time NBA scoring champion, two-time Slam Dunk champion, and the list goes on and on.

The Houston Rockets superstar also shared how great the impact Jordan has not only in basketball but also as a brand.

"With his signature shoe and how it’s evolved, I don’t know how long it’s been since he’s been retired, but it’s still relevant and really good. It’s just a different dynamic that he created off the court and on the court, he was a different beast," he said.

Now in his 10th year in the pros, Harden has also collected an impressive list of accolades — one-time NBA MVP, seven-time NBA All-Star, one-time Sixth Man of the Year, and two-time NBA scoring champion to name a few.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Pauline Verzosa contributed to this report.