Video: James Harden tells Stephen A. Smith Rockets will win 2020 NBA title
During an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, James Harden confidently said the Houston Rockets will win the 2020 NBA championship.
With Harden and Russell Westbrook in the fold, the Rockets are the only team in the NBA with two MVPs on the roster:
James Harden tells Stephen A. Smith the Rockets are going to win the 2020 NBA Championship 🏆 pic.twitter.com/CBfZDRxtZb
— ESPN (@espn) November 14, 2019
The Rockets enter Wednesday with a record of 7-3. As he’s done the past two seasons, Harden is currently leading the NBA in scoring. The Beard is averaging 37.3 points per game.
Harden is scoring at will despite shooting only 40.7 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from beyond the arc. As the season moves along, you would expect for the Rockets superstar to increase his shooting percentages.
Westbrook, who has averaged a triple-double three years in a row, is putting up 21.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists in his first season in Houston. The eight-time All-Star is shooting 47.2 percent overall, 21.4 percent from the 3-point line and 65.5 percent from the charity stripe.
The Rockets lead the league in scoring. They are averaging 120.3 points per game. They need to shore up their defense, though, as Houston is giving up 118.4 points a night. That’s 26th in the NBA.
For the Rockets to win the Western Conference first, they’ll have to get through the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers — two teams who also have dynamic duos. Houston fans will love to hear these comments from Harden, but at the end of the day, Harden, Westbrook and the rest of the Rockets players have to get the job done once the playoffs start.