The effort of the reigning National Basketball Association MVP cannot be ignored. James Harden has willed the Houston Rockets from outside looking into the playoffs early in the season to a strong hold on the third seed while setting scoring records not discussed since Wilt Chamberlain. Harden is averaging an astronomical (get it, Rockets) 36.4 points per game. Second place is 28.2 (Paul George, OKC). For context, the distance from 1st to 2nd (8.2 points) is larger than the distance from 2nd to 33th (Nikola Jokic, DEN, at 20.2). This week, Harden scored 177 points over 4 games (44.25 average, team went 3-1 ), including a 61 point effort (matching his career high) and a 57 point effort in back to back games. These were two of his eight 50 point games. The rest of the league combined only has ten. Over the week, he was 28-53 on 3 pointers, well over 50% for a stretch not being hesitant while the other team knows it's his game. Harden may just will the Rockets to their 3rd World Championship and first in nearly 25 years. He is our Sportsman of the Week!