James Harden’s stats per 100 possessions haven’t been reached since 1973-74
While the current win-loss record of the Houston Rockets might not reflect it, James Harden is actually having another monster year. One that is arguably, at the very least, up to par with his MVP year from last season.
Number don’t lie. Harden is currently putting up a mind-boggling 32.3 points (on 9.6-of-21.7 shooting), 4.3 three-pointers, 5.7 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 5.3 turnovers in 36.7 minutes per contest. However, when these numbers are aggregated to a per 100-possession basis, this is when we are able to truly get a better representation of Harden’s unmatched offensive prowess.
A Redditor that goes by the username u/FKJVMMP has pointed out that per 100 possessions, Harden is currently producing 44 points and 11 assists on a true shooting percentage of 62 percent. The All-Star combo guard is undeniably a volume shooter, but these statistics speak volumes of Harden’s offensive efficiency.
What makes this feat even more impressive is the fact that this type of efficiency has not been seen in the league since 1973-74 season. The closest to have done it, again according to the Reddit post, is LeBron James in the 2009-10 season when he put up 40 points, 11.5 assists, and 60.4% TS per 100 possessions.
The Rockets currently hold an 18-15 record and are sitting at the seventh spot in the Western Conference. Chris Paul, the team’s second superstar, has had a forgettable season thus far due to a combination of injuries (currently out for at least two weeks nursing a hamstring strain) and inefficiency (15.6 points per game on a career-low 41.5 percent shooting, 3.0 turnovers).
All these point to the fact that Harden has pretty much put the team on his shoulders. Without him, the Rockets would certainly have a much more miserable season. That being said, Harden should be in the running for back-to-back MVP titles once it is all said and done this year.
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