A rare October trade sent James Harden to the Houston Rockets just days before the start of the 2012-13 NBA season. He is now faced with the difficult task of proving himself worthy of being the superstar and savior Houston has been waiting for.
Houston has been trying to find this type of player ever since they attempted to trade for Pau Gasol before the beginning of the 2011-12 season. After that trade was blocked by David Stern, and Dwight Howard ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Rockets looked like they would have to wait at least another year before they would have another crack at signing a top player.
The breakdown in contract negotiations between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Harden gave Houston the perfect opportunity to get their superstar now. All that remains is to see how Harden works as a Rocket.
The pressure will be tremendous and unlike anything else he has had to bear in his short NBA career. We will soon see whether he was worth it, but there are multiple ways that he can prove it and make the Houston Rockets his team.