James Harden’s departure from the Houston Rockets did not exactly occur in the most heart-warming of fashions. His unprofessionalism both on and off the court turned many fans away from seeing the end of his Houston tenure in a positive light.
That notwithstanding, the manner of his leave should not cause fans to overlook the vast array of truly special moments that Harden provided for Clutch City. It is bitterly unfortunate that a championship is not among those moments, but Harden’s tenure in Houston has supplied a lot to look back on fondly.
Here are James Harden’s 15 greatest moments with the Houston Rockets
Some general accomplishments that are too large to be considered mere “moments” but should nevertheless be remembered include the Rockets making the playoffs every season with Harden, securing two Western Conference Finals appearances, being one of the only teams to consistently challenge the legendary Warriors teams, and Harden making a strong case as second only to Hakeem Olajuwon as the best player to ever don Rockets Red.
This list will attempt to accomplish including a little bit of everything, from game-winners and breaking records to nasty crossovers and dunks. Harden has produced enough of each type of moment to make several individual lists, so many will inevitably be left out.
Another consideration to make before getting to the list is that there is no objective criteria by which to rank these moments, but the relative groupings of common types of moments in the list’s placements should provide an adequate level of consistency.
With all of this being said, we begin our journey through Harden’s best moments with an accomplishment that exemplifies an often overlooked facet of Harden’s greatness; his passing.
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