Way back in the summer of 2014, James Harden stirred NBA controversy by asserting that not only was he the best player in the NBA, but that he was the best NBA player alive. Later in 2015, James Harden then went further to state that in his opinion, he was the most valuable player to the Houston Rockets, something which subsequently had Harden labeled as aggressive and overly egotistical.
The only problem is that while people might love to loathe James Harden’s hubris, he is a strong, if not the strongest contender for the title of the best player in the NBA. The reason?
That’s simple. James Harden is next to only LeBron James, Oscar Robertson, and Michael Jordan, in that in a single NBA season, he has been able to average 29+ points, 6+ rebounds and 7+ assists per game.
James Harden’s Best Player in the NBA Vital Statistics
With thanks to new Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, James Harden has finished the last three NBA seasons No. 1 in points per game. Averaging 31.6 points, 12.7 assists, and 7.1 rebounds, Harden is a contender for MVP. At the same time, he shares the same focus and winning attitude of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Russel Westbrook. In fact, with a ball usage rate of 34% combined with a shooting average of 66.5%, Harden is in possession of one of the NBA’s most enviable career based statistical performance records.
Of course, Harden will continually have to justify his self-asserted status of being the best player in the NBA by maintaining his present record. Interesting games to watch will, therefore, no doubt include the Friday, December 9th Rockets play on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here Harden will go up against Russell Westbrook, one of the most volatile and dominant players the NBA has ever witnessed. Moreover, Harden will need more than just attitude against Westbrook. Harden is presently just behind Westbrook in total points per game, as well as assists and rebounds. Other key games include Friday, December 30th, against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers. In the New Year you can catch Harden and the Rockets against Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and a powerful Golden State Warriors on January 20th. Or watch them face off against Lebron James and the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers on March 20th, 2017!
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