Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Harden is averaging over 35 points per game in this young NBA season
James Harden has been a big time scorer since his college days at Arizona State. Harden averaged over 12 points per game in his last two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which is impressive considering he came off the bench and, when he did play, had to share the court with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder have very good offensive players who demand the ball. The Rockets, on the other hand, do not.
Kevin Martin was the main scorer for the Rockets over the past three seasons, but he was never the big time player who could drop 40 on any given night. When Martin was traded to Oklahoma City as part of the Harden deal, the Rockets lost a second scoring threat, having already amnestied Luis Scola in the offseason.
James Harden will help the Rocket fans forget all about the missing players. Harden is averaging 35.3 points per game through three contests this season. Harden has already proven his big time scoring ability, including a 45 point performance in a win against the Atlanta Hawks last Friday night.
Harden is the scorer that the Rockets need to take them to the next level and make some noise in the Western Conference.