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NBA Barometer: Harden is Humming

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown is the VP of Advertising Sales and Basketball Editor for Rotowire.com. He's a two-time FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He also covers the Pistons and Tigers for the site.

Harden Hitting His Stride

Through his first 27 appearances of the season, Harden averaged 23.4 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 treys, and 1.3 steals in nearly 39 minutes per game. No matter which way you slice it; Harden was performing at an elite level.

Despite his stellar production, owners who selected Harden with a top-5 pick dealt with minor disappointment about his value through those 27 games. Sure, Harden was still performing like a stud, but his production had dipped just enough to see him post second-round value instead of battling it out for the No. 3 position in fantasy supremacy behind Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

But any worries owners had should be quelled after Harden's last three games. Over that stretch, the Rockets superstar has averaged 37.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 4.0 three-pointers, and 2.3 steals. He has attacked the rim more in these three games, resulting in 11 free-throw attempts per game. And

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