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Rockets: Right now is the time for Harden and Westbrook to get it done

Houston Rockets James Harden Russell Westbrook (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets James Harden Russell Westbrook (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets James Harden Russell Westbrook (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

James Harden

Throughout his career, Harden has won NBA MVP, two NBA scoring titles, been the league’s assists leader, the Sixth Man of the Year and has been selected to eight NBA All-Star squads and five All-NBA First Teams.

Additionally, Harden has put himself in the conversation as one of the greatest scorers of all time. Harden scored 2,818 points during his 2018 MVP campaign and averaged 36.1 points per game in the process, which was one of the highest season averages in NBA history.

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Russell Westbrook

Meanwhile, Westbrook dominated the league in more ways than just scoring. Westbrook won the NBA MVP in 2017, two scoring titles, two assists titles, two NBA All-Star MVPs and was selected to nine All-Star teams, two All-NBA First Teams and five All-NBA Second teams.

In addition, Westbrook is a true all-around player on the offensive end and has proven himself to be a triple-double machine. During his 2017 MVP season, Russell became the first player since Oscar Roberston to average a triple-double for the entire NBA season. Following that one-of-a-kind season, Westbrook went on to average a triple-double for the next two seasons.

At age 31, Westbrook is second all-time on the triple-doubles list with 146 and is 35 behind The Big O, who has 181. Much like Jordan did during his early years on the Chicago Bulls, Harden and Westbrook have the numbers, but in today’s age, the true measure of an all-time great player is whether or not they can win titles.

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