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.
Last time someone did 30-5-5 by halftime like James Harden did? Allen Iverson, 4/6/05 vs. CHA. Ended up with 48-8-7.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) December 9, 2012
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:
James Harden: 5th game this season with 30+ points -- he has 30 ... at halftime for @houstonrockets— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2012
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.