Houston Rockets point guard James Harden has is swagger back this season, and he’s more than willing to tell us about. Harden spoke with Michael Lee of The Vertical and said in no uncertain terms that he thinks he’s the best player in the league.
Harden has long dominated the ball as a facilitating shooting guard, but D’Antoni ended speculation about what he truly is by stamping him with the label of full-time point guard. Now that Harden is setting up teammates better than anyone else and currently leads the league in assists, who is the league’s best player at his position?
“Best point guard or best player?” Harden responded when asked.
“I am,” Harden told The Vertical.
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting the best for yourself in this crazy world of ours, there are certainly some other stars that might beg to differ. Harden, however, feels working with first-year Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has helped him take the next step as a dynamic playmaker.
“I thrive on scoring the basketball and creating shots for my teammates,” Harden, averaging 31.6 points, 12.7 assists and 7.1 rebounds, told The Vertical. “I go into every game doing what it takes to win, whether it’s assists, whether it’s scoring, rebounding, whatever it is. [D’Antoni] puts a lot of trust in me, and my teammates do as well.”