We knew James Harden was good. You don't get named to All-Star games and win Olympic gold medals when you play like Darko Milicic. But J-Hard's scoring eight more points per game and has embraced Houston's "the man" role in a way befitting of an alpha male with Viking-like facial hair. The Rockets guard is averaging 24 PPG and the critical whispers of laziness and inconsistency have been mum so far. When he's not playing his former team, he looks like the NBA's next major superstar.