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James Harden does not know how he didn't get an All-NBA selection

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First in points, second in points per game, first in free throws made and attempted, sixth in assists and a league-leading 38.1 minutes per night, yet no place on any of the All-NBA teams for James Harden.

The Houston Rockets shooting guard averaged 29 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game as the Rockets finished eighth in a disappointing season, but it was not enough to give him a space among the six best guards in the league.

According to basketball-reference, only two other players have recorded a stat line like that since the NBA started recording steals; Michael Jordan and LeBron James, who were both selected for the All-NBA first team in their respective years.

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However, in 2016 the positions went to Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook in the first team, Damian Lillard and Chris Paul in the second, with the final slots going to Klay Thompson and Kyle Lowry.

For the first time in four years, 'The Beard' missed out on a slot and, talking to Jason Terry on his show 'The Runway', he admitted he did not have an answer for his absence.

"I mean ... there's no answer for me," he said. "I don't know. That's something that I've been thinking about. But like I said, man, you know, it wasn't a good year."

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It completes a 12-month fall from grace for the guard that has seen his fortunes change dramatically since coming second in the MVP voting last season and leading the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals.

Surely he will bounce back in 2016-17.

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Jason Terry
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
James Harden

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