The championship hunger fuels his fire
Harden winning an MVP is a phenomenal feat. But, like many great players, Harden has a hunger for more than just an MVP. He is hungry for an NBA championship. Back in May, Richard Jefferson said that for Harden, it’s “championship or bust.”
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Obviously, this statement will still ring true heading into a new season. Especially since the Houston Rockets have failed to win a championship with Harden manning the team. So, heading into the 2018-19 that hunger will not allow Harden to remain complacent, even after winning a well-deserved MVP trophy.
After being crowned the best player in the league, it would be easy for a player to sit back and relax and regress the following season. But, Harden has kept his typical routine to prep for the season. He’s been dominating the Drew League and getting work in with other superstars in between.
Harden clearly still has a hunger to improve and get better in the 2018-19 season. That hunger and drive come from the fact that this team faltered in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. The hunger for a championship will drive him to new heights in his personal play. The hunger and drive will push him to repeat as an NBA champion.
For his career, James Harden has put up 23 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game. He owns a career slash line of 44.3%/36.4%/85.4%. Look for all these numbers to continue to increase the longer he plays in a Houston Rockets uniform.