When it comes to shotmaking, Houston Rockets guard James Harden is among the best in NBA history. He's not the quickest but has deceptive speed and strength that allow him to maintain his balance even in the most unorthodox of shots.

That was in full form Friday night against the New York Knicks, specifically in one play against rookie Mitchell Robinson. The athletic big man is one of the NBA's best shot-blockers already despite being in his first year, but that didn't faze Harden as he made minced meat of his defender for the hoop and harm.

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As an offensive player and a one-on-one force, Harden is as cerebral as they get. He uses the slightest of angles coupled with impeccable timing to his advantage in order to have his way against hapless opponents.

The Beard is once again among the top MVP contenders, opposite the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo. Harden has smashed several records this season and steered the Rockets in their ascent out West.

Houston did easy work on the Knicks, 120-96. Harden scored 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out eight assists in 29 minutes of action. These numbers can be considered as below-standard considering how the reigning MVP spoiled everyone this season with gaudy stats left and right.