Ahead of the Rockets' clash with the Raptors last night, James Harden spoke about DeMar DeRozan and his incredible run of form this season.
Harden, a four-time All-Star, is the more readily recognisable name out of the two and he has been putting up some pretty incredible numbers himself this season.
Averaging 28.7 points, 12.5 assists and 7.7 rebounds since his move to point guard, Harden has been turning plenty of heads.
However, the 27-year-old insists that he has drawn inspiration from DeRozan's exploits for Toronto.
"He's riding a wave right now," Harden said of DeRozan averaging 30.5 points per game. "He's being aggressive. He's scoring in all types of ways. He's one of the best players in the league."
DDR would prove as much when the two met last night as he put up 26 points to lead the Raptors to a 115-102 win over Houston.
Harden put up 29 points and 15 dimes himself, but was powerless to stop the Rockets falling to a defeat at the Toyota Center that leaves them with a 9-6 record for the season.
DeRozan is no longer leading the scoring charts; he now sits third as Russell Westbrook sits atop of the rankings with 31.8 and he is closely followed by Anthony Davis with 31.3.