James Harden may have laid an egg in his final playoff game, but his historic regular season performance was not forgotten.
Harden was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday alongside Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis.
Harden was the only unanimous selection, receiving all 100 first team votes. LeBron and Westbrook each received 99/100 first place votes.
The fact that Harden did not make any of the three All-NBA teams last season does look pretty silly right about now, however, he has made All-NBA in four of his five seasons in Houston.
As a result of this year’s honor, Harden is now eligible to sign an even bigger extension this summer.
Players Eligible to sign the Designated Player Veteran Extension in July:
S. Curry (as a FA)
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Harden’s regular season numbers were truly impressive. He was second in the league in scoring and first in assists in just his first year as a defined point guard. He set career highs in scoring (29.1 ppg), assists (11.2 apg) and rebounds (8.1 rpg). He was the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in a single season.
It’s bittersweet timing for many of us in Houston as Harden is beloved here, but he clearly came up short at the end of the San Antonio series. It will be hard to forget that, for sure, but the Rockets aren’t there or much of anywhere without him and he undoubtedly had an MVP-caliber season.