James Harden’s assist numbers went up this year from last year. James became the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets this year. So that means that he has the ball more than last year. The difference last year was that James played the shooting guard last year and he had 7.5 assists in the 2015-2016 season (ESPN). His coach made him the point guard this year and he has some new teammates on the team from the offseason. Now on these new look Rockets team without Howard in Houston James becomes the centerpiece of this team. So they build the team around him this season. James Harden assists numbers went up a lot this season because it’s his team now. James Harden averages 12.5 assists in the 2016-2017 season.
In my opinion I would never see James Harden lead the league in assists this year because he is known to score the basketball not as a passer. Well now he should get know as a scoring and passing guard in the league. James Harden will possibly be averaging a triple double next year because he is averaging a double double in this 2016-2017 season. James Harden became the leader that’s why I think his assists average went up this year. Plus the new team mates that he has to pass the ball to when they are open for the jump shot or the layup. Now James Harden leads the league in assists for the 2016-2017 season.