23-year old shooting guard James Harden is out of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s shadow in Houston with the Rockets and the result will be his first trip to the All-Star Game. Harden has played in 47 games (all starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 38.3 minutes, 25.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He has now played in 267 games (54 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 28.7 minutes, 15.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Harden will be a legit contender for the MVP Award in the NBA in 2012-13, if his second half is as good as his first half was.
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