The Beard has been lighting it up all season and was rewarded yet again.
It was announced today that James Harden has won the Western Conference Player of the Week award. This comes as no surprise and it is his league-leading fourth of the year.
For the week, the Beard averaged 34.7 points and 10.3 assists per game to go along with 6 rebounds as well. He also happened to drop a 60-point triple-double, as you may have heard. That was the first in NBA history.
In the East, Andre Drummond won the award. He had a pretty big week as well, winning this award and getting an All-Star teammate in Blake Griffin. He was also named an All-Star replacement. On the week, Drummond averaged 19.3 points and 19 rebounds per game to go along with 3.33 steals per game.
James Harden has to be the MVP favorite at this point after winning his fourth Player of the Week award.
James Harden for MVP
Harden has continuously been in the conversation for Most Valuable Player ever since he arrived in Houston. The narratives have always prevented him from taking home the award in the end, though.
Three years ago, Steph Curry took home the award after being the best player on the best team. James Harden was second after carrying the Rockets to the second seed. Last year, Russell Westbrook won the award after averaging a triple-double on an average OKC team. James Harden was second after averaging 29 points and 11 assists per game as well as 8 rebounds a night for a better Rockets squad.
Now, Harden is in a prime position finally take home the MVP he has deserved. Will the league give it to him this season, finally? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, let’s just enjoy how much the Beard and Chris Paul are winning the Rockets games.