James Harden is one of the most underrated players in the history of basketball. Last year, he averaged 29 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals. The only other people in the history of basketball that averaged those kind of numbers are four people. The four are Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Lebron James, and Michael Jordan. Lebron won MVP averaging those numbers. When Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, and Michael Jordan averaged those kind of numbers, they were in the first team all NBA.

But James Harden wasn’t in the first team All-NBA, or second, not even the third! That encouraged him to practice and practice even more. So this year, he took the league by storm with averages of 29.2 points, 11.3 assists, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals.

Harden Shooting

Here is the table of the league leaders in scoring this season: (as of  Feb 26, 2017)

Russell Westbrook 31.1 PPG 10.1 APG 10.5 RPG
Isaiah Thomas 29.9 6.3 2.7
James Harden 29.2 11.3 8.3
Demarcus Cousins 27.8 4.8 10.6
Anthony Davis 27.7 2.2 11.9

Out of everyone, Russell Westbrook is his only competition. But we all know it is about the stats and the story because of the 1996-1997 season. Michael Jordan had the better stats but Karl Malone still won MVP because he had a better story.

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Russell Westbrook does have a good story about KD leaving the Thunder but James Harden’s story is better. Also, only two players in the history of basketball averaged at least 29 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds. Those two people are nobody else but James Harden and Oscar Robertson.

James Harden should be MVP and I have his amazing stats and story to prove it.


Source: Mike Korzemba