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Rockets’ James Harden on pace to lead league in win shares for 3rd time

James Harden is the one who makes the Houston Rockets click, and the stats are showing that. According to Basketball Reference, Harden is on pace to lead the league in win shares for the third time in his career.

According to the Basketball Reference website:

“Win Shares is a player statistic which attempts to divvy up credit for team success to the individuals on the team… The important things to note are that it is calculated using player, team and league-wide statistics and the sum of player win shares on a given team will be roughly equal to that team’s win total for the season. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s total of 25.4 Win Shares in 1971-72 is the all-time single-season record and his 273.4 career Win Shares are the all-time career record. Abdul-Jabbar played long enough to compile many such career records. The all-time leader in Win Shares per 48 minutes is Michael Jordan.”

This year Harden currently has a win share of 11.2 which is first in the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves comes in at 10.2 which is second place.

Harden also leads the league in win shares per 48 minutes, coming in at .299. with his teammate Chris Paul trailing in second place at .283.

The two have been a dynamic force for the Houston Rockets this year. They are currently sitting with a record of 44-13, which is the best in the NBA and a half a game above the Golden State Warriors.

The big question for this team now, is if they can clinch a home court advantage throughout the playoffs, and once they come around, will they finally be able to step up to the plate and knock off the Warriors.

All these regular season records are nice, but it doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t translate to postseason success.