The Best and Worst of Houston Rockets James Harden So Far

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The Best and Worst of Houston Rockets James Harden So Far
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Some might say James Harden's best Houston Rockets moments resemble Rembrandts.

I would beg to differ.

Let me explain.

Browsing through a used record store in Studio City, CA, I came upon The Rembrandts Greatest Hits. The Rembrandts, in case you don't recall, sang "I'll Be There For You," the theme song from the television series Friends. I didn't know another song by them, but I sprang for the buck ninety-nine.

I should have saved my money. Beyond the Friends theme, The Rembrandts Greatest Hits are neither hits nor great.

Fortunately, James Harden as a Houston Rocket has little in common with the Rembrandts.

Harden has emerged as a scoring Tasmanian devil, averaging 26.5 points a game. It's pretty much been a season-long highlight film.

A member of the Houston Rockets has been NBA Scoring Champion exactly zero times. That probably won't change this season—Mr. Harden currently ranks fourth, behind such stiff competition as former teammate Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Kobe Bryant—but he is Houston's first legitimate threat to win the honor since Tracy McGrady donned the red, yellow and white.

As the season nears its halfway point, let's look back at Harden's many masterpieces—along with some rare examples of motel art—thus far.

Stats accurate as of 1/10/13.

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