When talking about the NBA’s greatest scorers, it’d be near criminal to not mention Houston Rockets superstar James Harden.
On track to win his third straight scoring title, the Beard may be one of the best bucket-getters the league has ever seen. This season, Harden’s 37.7 points per game surpasses his 37.1 minutes per game. It’s a truly miraculous feat, and obviously one very hard to accomplish. Throughout the course of league history, he is one of only two players to ever average more points than minutes in a season (minimum of 6 minutes). The other player is Wilt Chamberlain.
Considering Harden has made this type of show the normal for him, it’s easy to overlook what he is doing.
At 30-years-old, in the midst of a war-torn Western Conference, James is putting up these insane numbers with efficiency both individually (he shoots 45% from the field) and for his team (the Rockets have made the playoffs all but one season since his arrival in 2012.)
The Beard is doing something we haven’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain himself. If that doesn’t put Harden’s greatness into perspective for you, nothing will.