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Houston Rockets: James Harden’s Numbers Don’t Lie

Feb 27, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) brings the ball up the court during the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) brings the ball up the court during the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston Rockets James Harden has managed to put together an impressive stat line despite the Rockets’ disastrous season.

Though he is sometimes blamed for the Rockets disappointing record, James Harden is the single bright spot in Houston’s otherwise frustrating season.

Coming off an MVP caliber run a year ago, Harden struggled to start the season. After about a month of play, however, Harden started playing as good of basketball as anyone in the league.

Harden is currently averaging 28.5 points per game for 2nd most in the league. He ranks 1st among shooting guards in assists (7.0), and 2nd among shooting guards in rebounds (8.7).

Harden is averaging close to a triple-double on the season, demonstrating that he’s the reason for the Rockets limited success instead of the sole proprietor of the Rocket’s underperformance.

Most 40-pt Games – Last 2 Seasons<<
James Harden 19
Stephen Curry 13
Russell Westbrook 13
>>All includes tonight

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 26, 2016

Harden also averages the second most minutes per game. Not because the coaching staff wants him to play so much, but because the Rockets are unable to do anything without him.

Next time you start to complain about the James Harden’s impact on the Rockets, think about the stretches in games where Harden sits the bench. Then again, those stretches may be hard to remember because the Rockets are unable to afford time for Harden to rest.

James Harden is not the Rockets problem.

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