James Harden on Thunder trade, first five years with Rockets
It has been five years since All-Star guard James Harden was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets.
With a moment to reflect on that on Thursday afternoon, Harden called his time with the Rockets the best part of his career, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicles.
James Harden was traded to the Rockets five years ago today. Harden: “It’s been … a great five years, the best five years of my life.”
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 27, 2017
In his first five years in Houston, Harden has experienced much individual success as he has earned five All-Star selections, three All-NBA First Team nods, and an All-NBA Third Team selection over that span. He has also established himself as one of the premier players in the league while also finishing runner-up for the MVP award twice.
On top of that, he has earned the most lucrative contract extension in league history worth $228 million over six seasons. Harden has seen his production reach another level over the last couple of seasons as he put up a career year with 29.1 points, a league-best 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game for the 2016-17 campaign.
The Rockets have had plenty of stability with Harden leading the way, becoming a constant in the playoffs with an appearance in each year. This includes the first trip to the Western Conference Finals since the 1996-97 season. With Harden under a long-term deal, the Rockets could in store many more successful years ahead.
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