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Kenny Smith: 'James Harden Won't Be Greatest Rocket 'Til He Wins A Ring'

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No matter how great he’s been for the Houston Rockets, James Harden isn’t the best player in the history of the team yet. In fact, there is a big factor that prevents Harden from becoming the greatest Rocket of all time, winning a championship ring. At least that’s what Kenny Smith said recently.

Harden has been great this season, as usual, recording nearly 39 points and 8 assists through 19 games. This has led fans to wonder what else he needs to do to become the G.O.A.T. in Houston.

TMZ Sports had the chance to speak with Smith on Monday, asking him if Harden's ever gonna take the throne from Hakeem Olajuwon. He admitted Harden's "in the conversation," but also says James still needs some work.

"You gotta win championships," Smith told TMZ. "The scoring records are great and that's putting him in the conversation."

"The assists, his overall play. But, the greatests are always measured by championships."

If you don’t know this interesting fact, Hakeem earned two rings and 2 Finals MVP with Houston, so it’s hard to see somebody taking his throne right now.