No MVP since 1997 has been on a team that ranked less than fourth in wins.

Impact

  • Scoring or assisting on 56.4 ppg this season. The highest combined single season average of points created since Nate Archibald in 1972-73.
  • As point guard, Harden has led the Rockets to one of the top ten offenses of all-time, scoring 115.6 points per 100 possessions.
  • Rockets on pace for 56 wins – an 11 game increase in wins over preseason projections (Vegas and media consolidated). By far the most significant increase in the NBA (Washington second at +7)
  • 56 wins would represent a 15 game improvement over last season’s totals. Only Philadelphia has a higher increase.
  • Win Shares: 14.4 (1st in NBA)
  • Offensive Win Shares: 10.9 (1st in NBA)
  • +/-: 5.4
  • True Shooting %: .613

Historical Season

  • On pace to surpass 2,400 points and 900 assists. Nobody has done that in the last 40 years. Michael Jordan and LeBron James came closest.
  • Averaging career highs in 29.2 points (2nd), 11.2 assists (1st) and 8.1 rebounds this season. Only Oscar Robertson averaged at least 28.0 ppg, 11.0 apg and 7.0 rpg in a single NBA season.
  • Recorded 30+ points and 10+ assists 27 times this season. The most 30+ points, 10+ assists games in a season since 1983-84.
  • Averaging 29 points on fewer than 19 shots per game. Set to join Adrian Dantley as the only players history to be that efficient.
  • On pace to record over 50 20+ point/10+ assist games this season. The most ever. Next highest was Magic Johnson's 42 in 1986-87.
  • Recorded 30+ points and 10+ assists in four straight games on three separate occasions this season. In the last 40 years, the rest of the NBA has combined for only one such occasion; Michael Jordan in April 1989.
  • Only player to score 2,000 points and assist on 2,000 points in NBA history.

Peer to Peer

  • "I can say right now he is the best player in the league."
  • "This year, truly he is an MVP, no question about that. I hope he gets it."
  • "He (Harden) is the hardest guy to guard in this league ..."
  • "...you have to be all on point, no margin for error when you’re trying to guard James Harden."
  • "He’s the best playmaker in the NBA right now"
  • "You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise. That's just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James will probably edge him out."
  • "What he’s doing, I’ve never played with anybody like that. I don’t know that there’s been many guys like that."