Houston Rockets: 2018-19 player grades for James Harden

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In a year where his team stumbled out the gates to a slow start, James Harden found a way to resurrect the Houston Rockets with a season for the ages.

Despite manufacturing the non-stop ire of hoops fans and writers for over the last several seasons due to his style of play, Houston Rockets guard James Harden managed to show the majority of court-side spectators why he is arguably regarded as one of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball in recent memory.

The former Sixth Man — who captured NBA MVP honors following the 2017-18 season —  took his incredible exploits to yet another astronomical level with his most recent campaign, averaging a career-high 36.1 points, 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game in his seventh year with Houston through 78 contests.

He did this while proving to be the ultimate cheat code to scouting reports and film studies by himself. Harden became the first— and only player ever in league history — to average over 47 points per 100 possessions on the way towards being unanimously selected to the All-NBA First Team for the third consecutive season under Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Did the soon-to-be 30-year-old star put together the greatest offensive season in the history of the game? Here’s an in-depth, rewind look back at the absurd campaign that shall forever be known to Houston sports fans as The Unguardable Tour.