Currently the Houston Rockets are in the third spot in the Western Conference, sitting just behind the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs.
The main reason for this is because of James Harden’s excellent play for the Rockets. He’s also leading MVP race on the NBA MVP tracker (via basketball-reference.com) and he has a 57% chance to win the award this year according to the tracker. Harden has been sensational this season and he’s to be credited for the Rockets success so far in the season.
Meanwhile, the Rockets team in general, has played great and we’ve seen the team gel really well together after the loss of All-Star center, Dwight Howard who signed with the Atlanta Hawks in the off-season.
Eric Gordon has been a surprise talent so far this season also. The 28-year-old shooting guard has been impressive this season, averaging 17.7 ppg, 2.9 apg and 2.6 rpg. Gordon has been a beast from behind the arc with a 42.8% three-point percentage, leaving him ahead of Steph Curry (40.1% 3PTS), Klay Thompson (39.6% 3PTS) and Kevin Durant (39.3% 3PTS).
If that wasn’t impressive enough, Gordon also leads the League in three-pointers made this season with 136 made three’s so far and he is showing no signs of slowing up with an average of nearly 4 three-pointers per game.
James Harden, on the other hand, has been sensational as I said earlier and this season he is averaging 28.4 ppg, 11.9 apg and 8.2 rpg, just short of a triple-double a game. Harden is having a career high season in assists per game and he leads the League in assists per game as well. Harden is shooting the ball great and is recording 36% from behind the arc and has an overall field-goal percentage of 45%.
The pair have shown that chemistry is very good between them both on and off the court and Harden has even came out saying that Eric Gordon deserves a spot on the All-Star team this year and he encouraged people to vote for his new right-hand man.
All this turns to the question of - Are Harden and Gordon developing into one of the best duos in the NBA? I certainly think they are and the pair have helped Houston to a 27W-9L record. This is impressive for a team that were marked off the radar before the season started and supposedly had no hope of a top seed in the West but at the minute the Rockets are looking like they could contend for a an NBA Finals spot if they continue playing strongly.
It’ll be interesting to see how the duo of Gordon and Harden continue to play as the playoffs begin to come closer and closer.
Can they continue to win games? - I think they can and I look forward to seeing what the future can bring for the Houston Rockets.