Colin Cowherd unveiled his top 10 duos inside the NBA’s bubble and omitted the Houston Rockets superstar duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook entirely.
The Houston Rockets’ league-best backcourt has courted plenty of admirers this season, but some have been oblivious to the exploits of Space City’s finest. Colin Cowherd, host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Herd, recently unveiled his top 10 duos inside the NBA’s bubble and omitted the Rocket’s duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
We’ve covered some of Cowherd’s wacky takes already this season, such as his prediction that the Houston Rockets would miss the playoffs and his idea that Houston’s weather could make the team attractive for free agents. Still, this could be his worst take yet.
At the end of Cowherd’s segment, even he seemed to realize he had made a mistake and admitted, “Now, I know what you’re saying. They’re [LeBron James and Anthony Davis] one of two duos that averaged 25 plus points a game this year. The other is Harden and Westbrook, but I didn’t have them in.” The truth is, as Cowherd hopefully realized, Harden and Westbrook are possibly the best duo in the entire league.
Making a case for the Houston Rockets backcourt
Harden and Westbrook’s statistical case to the throne is about as impressive as they come. First, the duo ranks number one in points and assists per game while scoring the highest percentage of their team’s overall points per game. They also have averaged a league-best 61.9 points per game this season.
That number leads the next-best bubble duo, the Lakers’ Anthony Davis and LeBron James, by a whopping 9.5 points. The gap between the Rockets and Lakers at one and two is the same as the gap between the Lakers in second and the San Antonio Spurs at 13th.