The Houston Rockets are fortunate enough to have a superstar with the capability of the Beard. He has now won his second-straight Player of the Month award and is at the top of the MVP race once again.
James Harden is absolutely incredible. Despite what you may hear through the media or NBA Twitter or r/nba, the star of the Houston Rockets had a very fun month and has been rewarded by the league.
Harden has picked up his second-straight Player of the Month award, something that he didn’t even do during last season where he won the MVP. Can the back-to-back theme continue on?
On the month, James Harden was just ridiculous. He led a heavily-injured Rockets squad to an 8-6 record while averaging an insane 43.6 points a game along with 8.7 rebounds and 7.6 assists a night. He also put up 2.1 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
It was a well-deserved awarding and Harden continues to be at the top of the MVP race, in our opinion. Giannis Antetokounmpo and others like Paul George are having fantastic seasons, but none like the one the Beard is having. Harden is putting up numbers that haven’t been seen since Wilt and is on pace to average more points per 100 possessions than anyone ever (per Basketball-Reference).
What the rest of the season holds
With Chris Paul still knocking off some rust and likely not playing every game the rest of the year, James Harden will probably be able to keep up this crazy pace. If the team keeps winning and starts to rise in the standings a little bit more, the MVP should be a lock for the Beard.
As for team success, as it’s more important, the Rockets will need more than just Harden if they want to win anything of importance this year. Other guys will need to step up and hit shots, as they did against the top-tier Raptors when Harden had an “off” game.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t his last Player of the Month this season. Let’s see how long this historical streak lasts.