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James Harden named to All-NBA First Team

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a play during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 22, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a play during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 22, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

HOUSTON – For the fourth time in his Houston Rockets career, guard James Harden was named All-NBA First Team.

For the second straight season, Harden was a unanimous First Team selection from the 100 ballots submitted by a media panel. In four of his six seasons with the Rockets, Harden has been named All-NBA First Team.

Harden has been named All-NBA in five of his six seasons as a Rocket and joins joins Hakeem Olajuwon (12) and Yao Ming (5) as the only players in franchise history with at least five All-NBA selections.

Harden led the league in scoring this season with a career-high 30.3 points per game, while also averaging 8.8 assists (third in NBA), 5.4 rebounds, and 1.75 steals (seventh in NBA).  

Michael Jordan (1988-89) is the only player to have averaged at least 30.0 ppg, 8.0 apg, 5.0 rpg, and 1.70 spg in a single season since steals became an official statistic in 1973-74.

Harden joined Elvin Hayes (1968-69) as the only players in franchise history to have led the league in scoring. He also joined Moses Malone (31.1 ppg in 1981-82) as the only Rockets to have averaged at least 30.0 ppg in a single season.

Against Orlando Jan. 30, Harden scored a franchise-high 60 points to go along with 11 assists and 10 rebounds to record the first 60-point triple-double in NBA history. He scored 50-plus points in consecutive games in late December, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat since Kobe Bryant set the NBA record by scoring at least 50 points in four straight games in March 2007.

Harden also led the league in 3-pointers made this season with 265, marking the ninth-highest total in history. He hit at least six 3-pointers in an NBA record five straight games at the start of November.

Since joining the Rockets in 2012-13, Harden has scored 1,021 more points than any other player in the league. He also ranks third in 3-pointers made, fourth in assists, and fourth in steals over that span.