James Harden is unique basketball player. Some of us thought his nickname would be temporary. But I think that after what’s happening in the NBA this season with James Harden’s stats, no one has any doubts about his greatness. The nickname “fear the beard” will appear on basketball hoodies and footwear for a long time to come!

I don’t wanna talk about his defensive attributes because they are not the strongest part of his skill set, but his attacking ability and what he is doing this season is just incredible. For me, he’s a franchise player and maybe a future “Hall Of Fame” contender, but for now, maybe that’s too big a statement.

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James Harden – The best stats for half a century?

Such strong words may be somewhat exaggerated in general, but if we look at some specific numbers, it is not so far from the truth. Take the tour with amazing statistics of James Harden:

  • Average points per game in January 43.6 (no one has been close to this average for nearly 55years, back when Wilt Chamberlain, averaged 45.8 points per game over a one month period)
  • 30 consecutive games over 29.5 points – again, this statistic is only bettered by  Wilt Chamberlain.
  • Scored 50 + points in 5 matches
  • He also has a series where his average points per game were 52.2.
  • First player in the history of the NBA to have 20 free throw attempts and 20 3-point attempts in a single  game
  • 5th players in the history of the NBA who has crossed the 60 point barrier in a game more than once.
  • 6 times this season he has scored triple-double statistics.
  • In 53 games this season he has scored at least one 3 point shot.
  • He’s also joined the group of players who have scored 60 + points on one of the Greatness courts of the NBA – Madison Square Garden (above Harden right now are only 3 players: Wilt Chamberlain 73p, 62p, Elgin Baylor 71p and Carmelo Anthony 62p)
  • He didn’t score a single point from an assist from teammates for 7 matches in a row.

 

As you can see “Beard” will probably be the leading points scorer per game come to the end of the season, surely no one can catch him right now. The question is what will his stats show at the end of the season? Will he beat the following records? 81 Points Kobe Bryant or maybe the 70 points of Devin Booker? I wish him all the best, because we just don’t know when we will be able to watch a similar performance in the world’s best basketball league – The NBA!

 

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