Who knew James Harden had it in him? The guard started flourishing after he left his job as the thrid-man to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City to become the man in Houston. Yes, he even surpassed Linsanity—who never really showed up.

Does his performance make him as one of the top 10 players in the league? That may be true, and Harden himself believes so.

Durant's and Dwyane Wade's supposed e-beef started because the former said he would've listed Harden instead of Wade at No. 10 on a list Sports Illustrated published about the top 10 NBA players to watch for this season. You have no choice but to believe in yourself once you get the Durant cosign.

Steve Burnin from CSN Houston asked Harden if he should be in the list and he responded by saying, "For sure. For sure. Last year, I had a chance to prove it. Kind of broke out of my shell a little bit."

OKC fans have to be wondering why Harden was in this "shell" in the first place if he had the ability to bust out a 25.9-point per game, 5.8-assist per game season.

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[via CSN Houston]