Houston Rockets guard James Harden broke the single-season record for turnovers during Wednesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz. With six turnovers Harden brought his 2016-17 total to 376, surpassing the NBA single-season turnover record (374), previously held by … himself. Harden had 374 turnovers last year. With 17 games to go in this season, Harden has 376 turnovers.
StatMuse and 120 Sports reacted to Harden’s record-breaking feat:
James Harden has been stirring the pot and baking some turnovers for two straight seasons pic.twitter.com/k3qnEHWwcr
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 9, 2017
James Harden breaks his own NBA single-season turnovers record (374) set last season.
The Rockets have 17 more games to play… pic.twitter.com/VJOLynKoDx
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) March 9, 2017
His turnover issues aren’t entirely surprising, especially after head coach Mike D’Antoni’s arrival in Houston. Harden’s role has evolved under D’Antoni to the extent he entered Wednesday as the league leader in assists (11.3 per game).
Harden, by the way, is in pretty good company. If you look at the NBA’s all-time leaders in turnovers in a season, you’ll see names like Artis Gilmore, Charles Barkley, Bob McAdoo, Allen Iverson, Isiah Thomas, Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Karl Malone, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon and Magic Johnson in the top 50. What else do all of those guys have in common? They’re in the Hall of Fame.
One more note: Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, Harden’s main competition for MVP, will almost certainly be second all-time by the end of the season. Westbrook has 348 turnovers, thanks mostly to his 42.3 percent usage rate, which is the highest in NBA history.
Averaging 5.8 turnovers per game, Harden has already made history in what could end as an MVP season. Houston next returns to the court on Friday when the team travels to take on the Chicago Bulls.