(via Sporting News)

There is no doubt that Michael Jordan is the best shooting guard in the history of basketball. But, after that, people tend to debate on who is the second-best ever in that position, with some saying Kobe Bryant, others Clyde Drexler or even Dwyane Wade.

This is one of the fiercest debates NBA fans can have, who is next after MJ? Well, all those three mentioned above can be part of that group, but there is also one guy who can sign his name on that list. Houston Rockets’ James Harden has been one of the best shooting guards in the NBA for several years now, and not only that, Harden has been one of the three best players in the association in the last couple of years.

Therefore, it’s not a surprise when we see people putting Harden among the greatest players in his position and going beyond that, comparing the Beard with some historical shooting guards. With Kobe being the favorite No. 2 behind Jordan, people tend to compare him to the current stars of the league, which is exactly what happened with Harden.

Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report posted a blind statistical poll, free of context, on Twitter, in which James Harden’s 10-year career surpassed Kobe’s 10-year peak:

Then, when he compared both players’ five-year peaks, things went worse for Kobe:

In the end, when we see the accolades of both players, Kobe’s five titles will make the case for him, so there isn’t much to talk about here. Yet, one could say Bryant played alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol, and that helped him, but nobody doubts that he took the best out of his teammates and made his team one of the most memorable in the league in the past 20 years.

While Harden had the chance to share touches with Chris Paul, it’s hard to say that CP3 was still at his peak in Houston. Now he’ll join forces with Russell Westbrook trying to win that elusive ring once and for all, and convince people he belongs among the greatest in the game.

If you want to read who is the best player between these two superstars, check the full player comparison: Kobe Bryant vs. James Harden.

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