The 2016 Season for the Rockets disappointed their bearded superstar, James Harden. However, he converted the Rockets, a team that finished 8th in the West, into the 3rd best team in the NBA with 55 wins. James Harden drove the Rockets this season, so he should absolutely win the NBA MVP award this year.
Just like his former teammate Russell Westbrook, the Harden walked into a new team this year. Dwight Howard ventured to Atlanta, and Mike D’Antoni took the reins as coach of the Houston Rockets. The team from Space City was completely rebuilt in the Summer of 2016. Not only did Harden have to learn new offensive plays and defensive schemes, but he also changed positions on the basketball court. According to Trevor Ariza, Coach D’Antoni “asked James to move to the point guard position” on the first day. Ariza, the starting forward for the Houston Rockets, said, “James didn’t even take a day to think about it. He just said right on the spot, ‘Yes, I’ll do it.’” Without hesitation, James Harden accepted his new role, and Harden skipped the learning curve.
From the start of the 2016-2017 NBA season James Harden has dominated the competition. While averaging 29.1 points per game, he has also averaged a league-leading 11.2 assists per game. The unselfish superstar feeds the team that scored the most three pointers this season. In other words, James Harden’s assists are worth more than most, because he passes to the three point line. In fact, with nine games left in the season, James Harden became the first player to ever score and assist 2000 points. No other season compares to the show that James Harden has given basketball fans this year. James Harden should win the NBA MVP, but Houston fans want a championship. Votes have been cast, and results will be announced on June 26th. #FearTheBeard.