Numbers don’t win championships, and the window is closing for the Houston Rockets. Harden and Westbrook must deliver with their play instead of just stats.
The 10-part documentary series The Last Dance gave the entire world an in-depth look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ incredible championship run in the 1990s. Before the Bulls started their dynasty, though, Jordan was characterized as a great player who had built his career on numbers rather than wins. Fast forward nearly 30 years later and Houston Rockets superstars James Harden and Russell Westbrook find themselves in the same situation.
The talents of the star backcourt have never been deniable. It was no secret these guys were destined for greatness when they graced the league with their unique styles of play and displayed their young and hungry attitudes on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since their humble beginnings, Harden and Westbrook have transformed themselves into two of the most lethal players in the league and their career numbers scream future Hall of Famers. However, both guys are missing one thing from their career accolade list, and that’s the illustrious and elusive Larry O’ Brien championship trophy.
Harden and Westbrook have terrorized the NBA from the jump, putting up monstrous numbers no player in the NBA today has been able to sniff. Their body of work certainly shows the type of talent they bring to the hardwood every night.
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