Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has become a popular name when it comes to the MVP debate, but to Curry's surprise his former coach isn't part of that chorus.

ESPN analyst and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Wednesday on the "Dan Patrick Show" that while Curry (along with Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers) are all worthy candidates, he'd give his MVP vote to James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

"If you twisted my arm today, I would probably vote for James Harden," Jackson said. "The reason why is because he singlehandedly has put that Houston Rockets team in the position that they're in today."

The comments come as a stark contrast to the way Jackson had previously championed his former charge as a superstar in the league, while he was coach of the Warriors.

When asked Friday about his former coach's comments, Curry said he was a bit surprised.

"It's his opinion obviously," Curry said. "He's probably been watching the league. People are going to ask what he thinks, especially his ties to the Warriors organization and myself specifically. Surprised me he said that. But, it is what it is."

Curry had been vocally supportive of Jackson prior to the coach's dismissal last offseason, something the Warriors point guard made mention of Friday.