Houston Rockets legend and NBA all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon is a big fan of current Rockets superstar James Harden.
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has already etched himself as one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, as he’s simply proven to be unguardable. Harden has thrived in everything he’s been asked to do, whether it be coming off the bench or dragging a would-be lottery Rockets team into the playoffs, as in 2012-2013 and in 2015-16.
Despite having different coaches, Harden has thrived regardless of the scheme and strategy. This includes the 2016-17 season in which Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni asked Harden to be the point guard, which resulted in Harden leading the league with 11.2 assists per game, while also averaging 29.1 points per game. Harden has developed into one of the best post defenders in the league, putting an end to the narrative that he doesn’t try on the defensive end.
Harden has been an MVP candidate essentially every year since he’s been in Houston, and he even took home the trophy in the 2017-18 season, although he should have many more by now. Harden became the first Houston Rockets player to take home the trophy since Hakeem Olajuwon did it in the 1993-94 season, which is elite territory to be in.