The Houston Rockets’ James Harden has been named the National Basketball Association’s Player of the Month for December. During the month of December, Harden averaged 12 assists per game and a solid 28.3 points per game. The 12 assist average led the league in the month of December. On New Years Eve, Harden posted an insane triple-double with 53 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists. The 53 points was a career-high for Harden. He was also the first player in the history of the league to have 50 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a game.
Harden led the Rockets to a 15-2 record in December, which tied a record for most wins in a month in franchise history. The Rockets are currently third in the Western Conference, sitting at 28-9. Harden has been the driving force so far, as it relates to the success this team is experiencing. They have also added key pieces around Harden, such as Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, who can both spread the floor and hit open shots.
The addition of Mike D’Antoni has also helped the offense of the Rockets. They are currently third in the NBA in scoring with 118 points per game.
“A lot of three’s, a lot of ball movement, a lot of quick movements,” said Coach D’Antoni about his offensive philosophy.
D’Antoni’s philosophy has worked so far, along with his wise decision to have Harden play point guard. These moves could lead to James Harden finally getting that MVP trophy this year.