Why Olajuwon is right about Rockets’ Harden
The Dream makes a really good point as it pertains to Harden’s supporting casts, as we’ve seen The Beard lead the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals with Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, on separate stints. But perhaps the best example of how Harden can play alongside anyone has been this season with the addition of Russell Westbrook.
Prior to the start of the season, it was widely accepted that Harden and Westbrook simply wouldn’t be able to play together, as they were each accustomed to having the ball in their hands, which was also said when the Rockets acquired Chris Paul in 2018. Harden is leading the league in scoring yet again with 34.4 points and Russ has averaged 27.5 points per game on a career-best 47.4 percent from the field. Russ has also had at least 20 points in 34 consecutive games, which is also a career-best.
At this point, the only thing Harden (and Westbrook) have yet to accomplish is winning a championship, which many unfairly use to determine greatness. Hopefully Olajuwon is right, and the title will come soon for Harden and the Rockets, but either way it goes, he’s right in that Harden has been unbelievable.