James Harden is on course to set NBA record that will help MVP candidacy

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Maybe you've heard that Russell Westbrook is putting up some numbers this year that are out of this world.

Westbrook's season-long quest to average a triple-double was realized Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, sending a message and shockwaves across the NBA world.

The Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook joins Oscar Robertson as the only players to ever accomplish the feat throughout an entire season.

Many are saying Westbrook's stats should make him an easy selection for the MVP award.

Not so fat, says James Harden.

The Houston Rockets star point guard is having an MVP season of his own, and he should have his own shiny new record to entice voters to consider giving him the nod.

At end of the day, isn't that the most important thing in basketball: To attempt to find ways for your team to score as much as possible?

Harden is averaging 29.3 points per game this season, second only to Westbrook's 31.9. In addition, the Houston point guard is directing an outstanding offense for coach Mike D'Antoni, notching a league-best 11.3 assists per game.

Averaging 48.8 points produced per game over the final two games (Monday at the L.A. Clippers and Wednesday at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves) should be very attainable for Harden, unless he sits out for extended minutes.

In addition, it's nice to have the accomplishments of Archibald being remembered by this generation of fans.

Inn 1972-73, Archibald led the NBA in scoring at 34.0 points per game and also led the league in assists at 11.4. 

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Of course, the league didn't have 3-pointers back then, which has helped Harden's totals, as many of his dishes have resulted in 3-point shots by teammates such as Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson.

The big year for Tiny was his third in the league and the first of four seasons with the Kansas City Kings. Archibald also started his career with the Cincinnati Royals and also would play for the New York Nets, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.

For his 13-year NBA career, the 6-foot-1 Archibald would average 18.8 points and 7.4 assists. He was a six-time NBA All-Star, won a ring in 1981 with the Celtics, and won one All-Star Game MVP. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Harden isn't quite there yet, but he's on his way, and is making a convincing case to add an MVP trophy to his accomplishments this season.

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