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Career Marks with Houston (2012-Present): 2017-18 MVP, seven-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, two-time Scoring Champ, one-time Assist Champ, 29.0 PPG, 7.7 APG, 6.0 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 36.4% 3PT, 26.5 PER, 0.239 WS/48
James Harden has more than a little bit of work left to do before he can bypass Hakeem Olajuwon on Houston’s all-time list, but he’s the clear choice for No. 1 since 2000.
Not only has Harden been selected to six All-NBA teams, but he has also been on the first team in five of the past six years. He’s the only Rocket to earn first-team honors since Olajuwon in 1996-97.
Harden has averaged at least 25 points in each of his first seven seasons with the Rockets, and he has pushed that rate north of 30 while winning the scoring title each of the past two years. He made at least 175 three-pointers in all of those seasons, including an unreal spike to 378 triples in 2018-19. He didn’t quite break Stephen Curry‘s record (402 in 2015-16), but he’s now on the list with Curry as the only players to make at least 300 in a season.
And that’s just the points. Add in the assists and rebounds and his seven-year averages with Houston are so absurd that the only other players in NBA history to hit those marks in even one season are Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
His win sha