);
Houston Rockets

James Harden's age-28 season was one for the ages

Not only did James Harden have the best season of his NBA career as a 28-year-old. The six-time All-Star matched up pretty well with some of the greatest players the league has ever seen at that age.

According to Basketball Reference, only six players in NBA history have averaged more points per game in their age-28 season than Harden did (30.4) in 2017-18. Their names, in ascending order: Oscar Robertson (30.5), Dominique Wilkins (30.7), Kobe Bryant (31.6), Russell Westbrook (31.6), Elgin Baylor (34.0) and Wilt Chamberlain (34.7).

The Houston Rockets guard also finished behind only five players (Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and John Stockton) in assists per game and 11 guards (including Robertson, Westbrook, West and Jason Kidd) in rebounds per game.

There's plenty more where all of that came from, too...

Where Harden's age-28 season ranks all-time

  • 2nd in 3-pointers made (265)
  • 2nd in 3-pointers attempted (722)
  • 9th in free throws made (624)
  • 12th in free throws attempted (727)
  • 2nd in usage (36.1)
  • 5th in Player Efficiency Rating (29.8)
  • 9th in True Shooting Percentage (61.9)
  • 6th in Offensive Win Shares (11.6)
  • 9th in Win Shares (15.4)
  • 2nd in Offensive Box Plus/Minus (9.6)
  • 3rd in Box Plus/Minus (10.9)
Keep up to date with all of the latest :tag: news!
Sure Not Now

The Rockets can only hope that year 29 will treat Harden just as well.

More from NBA.com

kawhi-leonard-kyrie-irving-011619-ftr-nba-getty
5 takeaways from Raptors' hard-fought loss vs. Celtics
Kyle Irving
james-harden-shoots-nets-011619-ftr-nba-getty
Wednesday's action: Harden drops 58 in loss
NBA.com staff
kawhi-marcus-011519-ftr-nba-getty
Raptors' second-half rally comes up short
Gilbert McGregor
#ingles
Ingles embracing trash talking role
Benyam Kidane
#LeBron Kawhi
LeBron, Kawhi top jersey sales in Canada
Carlan Gay
Robin Lopez then and now
#10YearChallenge - NBA stars edition
Leandro Fernandez
More News