The Warriors eliminated the Rockets from the postseason in four of the Rockets’ last six postseason appearances, and it’s understandable, considering how they had four Hall of Famers, before inking a deal with Kevin Durant in 2016. During those eight postseason appearances, the Rockets were only eliminated in the first round three times, including twice to the top-seeded teams in the highly-contested Western Conference. Harden won the MVP during the 2017-18 season and has been named a finalist for the award in each of the last four seasons. Prior to Harden’s arrival, the Rockets were engulfed in mediocrity, as they were too good to land the top pick in the NBA Draft, but not good enough to make the postseason. Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey pulled off the trade of the century when he reeled in James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder, in a trade that was centered around Kevin Martin. Can you name the 5 other NBA players that have had at least 1 50-point triple-double? I'm relentless', NBA prospect Isaiah Stewart: 'I’m the biggest sleeper in the draft', Realistic free-agent targets for the Lakers, Danilo Gallinari on free agency, Knicks, Mike D’Antoni, Chris Paul and Billy Donovan, Is Stan Van Gundy the right hire for the Pelicans? When NBA games resume, James Harden is on pace to win his 3rd straight scoring title, averaging a league-high 34.4 points per game. The Rockets also finished with the top seed in the Western Conference, only to have their title hopes thwarted by an untimely Chris Paul injury during the Western Conference Finals. Houston Rockets superstar and 2019 NBA MVP candidate James Harden is coming off one of the most historic regular seasons in league history. Take ESPN’s Max Kellerman, for example, who was speaking on the matter, when asked to compare Harden’s lack of titles to that of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo on ESPN’s morning show First Take. The Rockets’ best season with Dwight Howard was during the 2014-15 season, in which they finished with the second seed in the West and reached the Western Conference Finals, despite Howard battling injuries and missing 41 games. J.R. Smith, Olivia Harlan Dekker Clash About Sam Dekker's Alleged Trump Support, Why the Rockets must bring back Gerald Green. The other seven are all in the Hall of Fame. James Harden now is one of just eight players to ever win three straight NBA scoring titles. James Harden is the NBA's all-time leader in 50-point triple-doubles. Harden has certainly been surrounded with star power, as Russell Westbrook is a former MVP and two-time scoring champion, and Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are both surefire Hall of … Shannon Sharpe credits Rockets’ Westbrook, throws jab at Durant. The 2019-20 season saw a similar story as it pertains to Harden’s superstar pairing suffering an injury, as Russell Westbrook got injured, which many believe to be attributed to the superstar guard testing positive for the novel coronavirus and being unable to train like his usual self. By: Michael Scotto. The Harden-Westbrook pairing is still far too early to assess, in part because of the aforementioned injury Westbrook suffered in 2019-20. Rockets reportedly have no interest in James Harden, Ben Simmons trade, Corey Brewer explains how he defends James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Rafer Alston reportedly interested in coaching role with Rockets, Report: Stephen Silas 'blew away' Rockets with offensive vision, NBA community reacts to the Houston Rockets' hire of Stephen Silas, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle on Stephen Silas: 'Great hire for Rockets', Luka Doncic, Mark Cuban applaud Rockets' hire of Stephen Silas, Report: Potential Silas assistants include Hornacek, McMillan, Lucas, Rockets to hire Dallas assistant Stephen Silas as next head coach, Former Rockets GM Daryl Morey in advanced talks to join 76ers, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy.