Rockets: James Harden’s playing style is validated by an all-time great

Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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How James Harden and the Houston Rockets can silence critics

Despite not having any championships or much playoff success on his resume, Harden has already cemented himself as one of the NBA’s greatest scorers. After this season, he will have led the league in scoring for the third consecutive season and his current 34.3 points per game represent the third time in the last 30 years a player has averaged at least 34 points per game or more in a single season.

The other two times it was done was by Harden (36.1) and the late Kobe Bryant (35.4).

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Harden listens to his critics and tries to use the harsh words as motivation to carry himself and the Rockets to the promised land. James doesn’t have to look far down the road for his chance to prove he win the big games with his current play style that’s helped push him into the conversation of some of the all-time great scorers such as Michael Jordan, Kobe, and Kevin Durant.

With the NBA season set to resume at the end of the month, Harden will be primed to show off his skills in the Orlando bubble and further remind people of just how great of a player he really can be.

Harden’s style of play may be disingenuous to some, but his offensive game is something we’ve never witnessed before.

His ball-handling skills are elite, his separation techniques are lethal and his scoring range and scoring mentality are nearly unstoppable.

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If anybody has any doubts about that, Iverson, the former NBA scoring champion, gave Harden all the validation he needed. Now all he has to do is deliver the jewelry along with it, and there will be nothing left to discuss.