James Harden has been on an incredible run of form this season. Operating from the one spot in Mike D'Antoni's team, 'The Beard' has consistently put up big number as the Houston Rockets have started the season 4-3.
During last night's 114-106 win over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, the four-time All-Star recorded his fifth points-assists double-double and his fourth that included at least 30 points and 15 dimes.
Harden shot 47.4% from the field for his 32 points in the capital city and produced 15 assists for his teammates. It was his fourth consecutive double-double of the campaign.
To put his achievements into context, the four 30 point, 15 assist double-doubles he has already produced in seven games are already more than the entire NBA managed collectively last season.
His double-double tally stands at five already and 'The Beard' has been an early contender for Most Valuable Player. Harden has always been a consistent scorer, but his assists have been a pleasant surprise so far.
The 27-year-old showcased the full extent of his court awareness against the Wizards, finding Ryan Anderson on the perimeter with a sumptuous behind-the-back pass and picking out Clint Capella with back-to-back lob passes at the rim.
Averaging 31.6 points - shooting 50% from the field - 7.1 rebounds and a league-high 12.7 assists, the former Sun Devil has only emphasised his importance to the Rockets in the opening fortnight.
Any success they have will come through Harden, and he looks determined to make up for last year's failings.