Last year, James Harden had one of the best offensive seasons of all time, so we decided to rank his top 5 performances from the 2016-17 season.
James Harden, The Beard, the guy who ‘”stirs the pot,” or whatever you decide to call him, had one of the greatest offensive seasons of all-time last year.
The Bearded One finished second in the league in points (29.1) and first in assists (11.2) to go along with 8.1 rebounds per game.
Harden became the first player in NBA history to have 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in a single season. Russell Westbrook‘s triple-double average from last season was very impressive, but he became the second player to accomplish such a feat. Harden’s season totals were unprecedented.
James also became the only player ever to record 2,000 points and assists in the same season.
James Harden becomes the 1st player in NBA history to score and assist on 2,000 points each in a season. pic.twitter.com/TEA79XRB40
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 29, 2017
Last but not least
Finally, James Harden scored or assisted on 4,554 points last season, another NBA record. The Rockets scored 9,458 total points. In other words, Harden was responsible for 48.1 percent of the Rockets total points in the entire season.
That stat shows James Harden’s value to the Houston Rockets possibly more than any other. Without Harden leading the way, where would the Rockets have finished in the standings? Probably not anywhere near a playoff seed.
Harden may have had the best offensive season of all-time last year. Never before have we seen a player that can score and facilitate at such a high-level while being responsible for so much of his team’s offensive output. Russell’s triple-double average was great, but the MVP trophy should’ve been awarded to the star who led his team to the better record.
So let’s get into it, here are James Harden’s top 5 games of the 2016-17 regular season.
*P.S. Any performance that ended in a loss is not included on this list.
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