James Harden is one of the elite players in the NBA. Unlike many of his peers, the guard rarely shows his flashy side, but his sheer effectiveness and efficiency on the court make him a defender's nightmare.
Having been moved to the point by new Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni, the perennial All-Star is putting up some incredible numbers.
Last night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists would have hurt his averages somewhat, but he is still dropping 28.7 points, pulling down 7.8 boards and dishing out a league-high 12.6 dimes.
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He struggled to score the ball against his former franchise as the Rockets lost their fifth game of the campaign, but before tipoff, while sitting down, the 28-year-old nonchalantly showed his unreal handles.
Sitting on an empty Rockets bench, Harden, looking straight ahead, quickly switched the ball from hand to hand while moving his feet around the ball in a mesmerising exhibition of ball handling.
His performance may not have lived up to expectation, but that is the first we can say that about 'The Beard' this season.
The former Sun Devil has been at the centre of everything that is good about Houston right now and will be disappointed he was unable to leave his old arena with the win.
Missing open three-point shots and scoring less than 20 points is unlike Harden - but don't be surprised if he comes back with a bang in the organisation's next outing.