In 1993, Micheal Williams was a member of the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves as he began a journey towards 97 consecutive free throws that would span 19 games across two seasons.
When Williams was setting this record, Harden was just four years old, likely learning how to pick up a basketball.
It’s been 24 years since Williams set the bar, and nobody has been able to break it. If you think about what Williams accomplished, it is pretty remarkable. What Harden has done over the span of just five games has been mightily impressive. Harden has knocked down 48 consecutive free throws and is halfway towards chasing Williams’ record.
Harden began his streak Nov. 11 in a win against the Grizzlies when he shot 10-14 from the line and made his final free throw of the night. Since then, Harden has knocked down 47 straight in a span of four games, including an 18-18 night against the Suns and a 19-19 game against the Raptors.
The most incredible part of this run is not just the volume of his free throws but the pace he is going at as well. Harden is halfway to Williams’ record and is on pace to do it in half the time at the rate in which he goes to the line.
Calvin Murphy ranks third all-time in consecutive free throws and owns the franchise record as he made 78 straight back in the 1977-78 season.
He’s got a long way to go to get the record, but if he can achieve it, his MVP campaign can only strengthen. Harden looks to continue his run against the Nuggets on Wednesday.