Houston Rockets star James Harden said on Wednesday that he wants to have his name up there with all-time greats when he’s done with his career.

“Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, now we’re talking about the elites of the game, the greatest to ever touch a basketball. It’s honorable to be up there with those names,” Harden was quoted by the Houston Chronicle as saying on Wednesday. “Honestly, I have a long way to go. I’m not even close to what they accomplished in their careers. But it’s pretty cool to be in that conversation and almost there. But I have a lot of work to do.”

Harden scored at least 30 points in his last 20 games. For these 20 games, he broke the 40-point plateau nine times and scored 50 or more three times. Over these 20 games, Harden is averaging 42.3 points per game.

“That’s one of the reasons you play the game of basketball: to be, when it’s all said and done, mentioned as one of the greats, the greatest that ever dribbled a basketball. Obviously, you want to win championships and want the individual accomplishments, but every day when I’m in the gym and work on moves, I think about that.

“When I’m done, I want my name up there with them. It’s a good place to be in,” he added.

 

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