Rockets: Would James Harden make the Hall of Fame if he retired today?

Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets star James Harden has multiple scoring titles, several All-Star appearances and an NBA MVP. Is that good enough to make the Hall of Fame?

With the seventh and eighth installment of “The Last Dance” airing this Sunday, it seems as if the next chapter is covering Michael Jordan‘s first retirement. It’s safe to say if Jordan did call it a career for good in 1993, he was easily a Hall of Famer. For fun, let’s discuss if the best shooting guard in the NBA today, Houston Rockets superstar James Harden, would be a Hall of Famer if he retired right now.

The Basketball Hall of Fame is prestigious in its own right, but it’s different from the NFL, which tends to rely on team success and championships most of the time. There are plenty of NBA Hall of Famers that retired ringless, and if you look at the career of James Harden thus far, that is the only thing missing on his resume.

Harden’s tenure for the Oklahoma City Thunder started off with a bang, winning the Sixth Man of the Year award in his third season and making the NBA Finals against the big three in Miami.

Later that year, Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets in what became one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history. The Beard became a superstar before our very eyes. In his eight seasons with the Rockets, Harden has led the team to the playoffs every single year.

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