James Harden Prepares for First All-Star Game

By Connor Muldowney
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James Harden is easily one of the NBA‘s top players and it’s hard to believe that he will be making his All-Star Game debut next week.

Harden is having his best season as a pro for the Houston Rockets this year, averaging 25.8 points, 5.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. The three-year veteran has blossomed from an NBA sixth man into a superstar.

The Rockets are one of the league’s up-and-coming teams and with a stellar off-season, adding Jeremy Lin and Harden, they will need just one more piece to complete their championship puzzle.

Rumors have been circulating that the Rockets are interested in acquiring Dwight Howard from the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the trade deadline later this month, which would be another big guy and defensive presence that they need.

Many thought that Harden’s transition from bench player to starter and main component of a team’s offense would be a tough one, but he has proved that wrong emphatically. His 25 points per games is over 10 points more than his career average, his 4.6 rebounds are one more than his career average and his 5.6 assists are over 2.5 more than he has averaged in his career.

Although he is playing 10 minutes more than he did as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, he is squeezing every ounce of talent and potential into those 10 minutes.

Harden is one of the more respected players in the league and the well-spoken shooting guard has made a name for himself being one of the rising stars of today’s NBA.

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