Just looking at a few stats and I think it's time for my semi-regular James Harden update.
His win share total of 12.2 this season is third in the NBA behind LeBron (17.3) and Durant (16.3).
His win share per 48 minute rate is .225, good for 5th in the NBA behind LeBron, Paul, Durant, and Parker. It's also quite close to his rate of .230 from last year, which is an incredible accomplishment considering how different and more significant his role with the Rockets is. Normally you'd expect a player's productivity to go down with a higher usage rate, but that hasn't occurred with Harden at all.
He also now has the Rockets at 39-31 in a very tough Western conference with little help from his teammates at all (the very mediocre Lin and Parsons are the best secondary players). Barring some kind of collapse, they'll make the playoffs, which very few saw coming at the beginning of the season.
It's becoming increasingly clear that Harden is one of the top 10 players in the NBA and possibly even better than that as he's embedding himself within the tier of great players after LeBron and Durant. He's one of a very few impactful guys that can completely take over a game and he's seemingly only getting better. I don't want to restart that debate about whether the Thunder should have paid him/shouldn't have traded him (because there's only one real answer to that one, they should have done everything in their power to keep him, which they didn't). But this guy is doing things that even his biggest believers didn't think possible. Pretty awesome season.