James Harden is having quite an unbelievable season. Having been officially moved to the point guard position, 'The Beard' is leading the league in assists and is currently a top-five scorer.
Last night's win over the San Antonio Spurs saw the former Oklahoma City Thunder sixth man notch his first triple-double of the season and take the Houston Rockets to a 5-3 record.
24 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists saw the Rockets leave the AT&T Center with a two-point win and took the guard's averages to 30.6 points, 7.8 boards and an incredible 13 dimes a night.
The 27-year-old was recently asked by The Vertical who he believes to be the best player in the league, to which he simply responded: “I am.”
Harden has never been low on confidence and the introduction of Mike D'Antoni as head coach has taken his game to another level. After a campaign of disappointment as the Rockets finished eighth in the west, the California native is willing to do whatever it takes to win.
He added: “I thrive on scoring the basketball and creating shots for my teammates.
“I go into every game doing what it takes to win, whether it’s assists, whether it’s scoring, rebounding, whatever it is. [D’Antoni] puts a lot of trust in me, and my teammates do as well.”
There are a number of players in contention to be named MVP this year, but if Harden can continue his current form and lead the Rockets to a top-four conference finish, he will surely claim the award.