Russell Westbrook and James Harden have shot out of the gates this season. Being most people’s early season candidates to win MVP, it shouldn’t seem surprising that they’re in peak form. But the nature in which the former teammates are playing is unreal.
Westbrook has embraced his new role as the franchise cornerstone quite nicely, coming out with something to prove following Kevin Durant’s free agency departure. He’s certainly on pace to put up career numbers and doesn’t look like he’s slowing down.
Only a quarter of the way into the season, Westbrook is currently averaging a triple-double with 31.0 points, 11.3 assists and 10.8 rebounds—already tying the record last year for 8th all-time with 18 triple-doubles in a season, he’s got 11 through 22 games this season, while also having 18 double-doubles.
James Harden has been cooking down in “H-Town,” showing he’s fully capable of running the show as a point guard. He’s flourishing as a passer in the Mike D’Antoni offense and is currently leading the league in assists per game, while still remaining a dominant scorer, (4th in the league.) He’s currently averaging 28.3 points, 11.8 assists and 7.6 rebounds. He has seen his team excel due to his increased distribution and has the Rockets currently sitting as the 4th seed in the Western Conference.
Both of these players have been beyond impressive to start the year and look to continue to keeptheir teams on the winning side of things, giving us the opportunity to sit back and watch one of the most entertaining MVP races in recent memory.