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Ranking James Harden with Best Shooting Guards in the NBA
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It didn't take long for James Harden to prove what he could do as the go-to guy. If his 37-point debut didn't sell you on his potential as a franchise player, the 45-point encore probably did.

Where does he go from there? How about a halftime explosion of an order we haven't seen since 2005 (via Tom Haberstroh):

O.J. Mayo and the Dallas Mavericks may have ended up with the last laugh in this particular meeting, but Harden made a point all the same. 

He can score with the very best of them, and his early-season eye-openers were no fluke. In fact, they've become something of a habit according to ESPN Stats & Info:

So maybe he's earned the right to be considered one of the very best at his position, maybe even the best?

Not so fast. Here's how Harden really stacks up against the NBA's top 2-guards.

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