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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So he has a lot of hardware. He has a lot of amazing statistical seasons under his belt. He’s even also revolutionized how opposing teams gameplan. Would that be enough to warrant a Hall of Fame selection right now?

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Even though most of the numbers this season were a little bit overhyped due to his inefficiency, he still had a pretty decent year before the NBA’s shutdown.

As of right now, Harden is in the top five in all-time 3-pointers made and currently in the top 40 of the all-time scoring list. The way Harden has been scoring the ball, by next season he should be in the top 30.

By no means has Harden’s career perfect so far — he did have those meltdowns in the playoffs, but it seems like championships don’t matter when it pertains to the Hall of Fame.

Names like Tracy McGrady, Chris Mullin, Dominique Wilkins, Reggie Miller and Alex English are all in the Hall of Fame without a championship ring.

Personally, I believe Harden is a more skilled player and has had better seasons then all of them, so if they could make it, Harden would as well.

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A lack of NBA championships don’t necessarily prevent selections to the Hall of Fame, so if Harden was to hang the shoes up early, he should definitely be enshrined.