Best Rocket (2013)

James Harden

For three seasons now, since Yao Ming's feet and Tracy McGrady's knees ceased cooperating, the Houston Rockets have been searching for what General Manager Daryl Morey likes to call a "foundation player." After many swings and many misses, Morey finally landed his man in late October 2012, pilfering Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder for what now appears to have been the laughable price of Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and Toronto's 2013 first-round pick (the 12th pick overall). For that paltry sum, what Morey and the Rockets got in return was one of the top three shooting guards in all of basketball, an All-Star, 25.9 points per game, lots of kick-ass beard promotions at Toyota Center, and the single most important reason that Houston is once again a destination spot for other marquee players to come try and win a title. Fear the Beard!


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