'James Harden and Russell Westbrook will NEVER be LeBron James' – Cowherd

That is according to Fox Sports’ NBA expert Colin Cowherd.

Both Harden and Westbrook have been vying for personal accolades throughout the season, with the former currently chasing Wilt Chamberlain’s record for consecutive 30-point-games.

The Houston Rockets star has gone 31 games since he last failed to score 30 points.

But Cowherd criticised him for stat-padding, claiming that he stays in games late when he doesn’t need to just to get points to maintain his streak.

Westbrook, on the other hand, has scored 10 straight triple-doubles – become the first player in NBA history to manage such a feat.

And the Fox Sports show host claimed that both men are too focused on winning personal titles, rather than saving their bodies to help their teams later in the season.

“I’m not into this whole James Harden vs Russell Westbrook chasing plaques, chasing stats, having awards. I’m not into it,” Cowherd said.

“The only thing that matters in the NBA is winning titles. I don’t give a rip about stats.

“I’m not into Westbrook, I think Harden is better by a lot. But I’m not interested in Harden staying in blow-out games just to get records.

“Both Westbrook and Harden are chasing Wilt Chamberlain records.”

Cowherd then compared both players with LeBron James, and even mentioned actors Dwayne Johnson and Leonardo DiCaprio – insisting Westbrook and Harden could learn from the latter.

He added: “Westbrook has had team-mates like Carmelo Anthony acknowledge that he’s chasing rebounds. And James Harden’s team is admitting it by keeping him in blowouts to hit meaningless threes.

“LeBron James hit a triple-double last night, an amazing triple-double.

“His thoughts were that you could throw that triple-double in the trash. He’s chasing something more than Player of the Month.

“I look at Harden and Westbrook and you can choose either, Harden ‘keep me in the game in a blow-out loss or win, I want to get that record’.

“You see it all the time with hollywood, take The Rock, that’s disposable. Nobody’s going to be talking about Rampage, Tooth Fairy, Skyscraper just eight minutes after they’re released. But they make The Rock famous, and everybody likes The Rock.

“Leonardo DiCaprio would not star in The Tooth Fairy, he’s in the Revenant, he’s in Blood Diamond, The Wolf of Wall Street. We quote those movies 30 years later.

“They have lasting influence, those are different paths. The Rock is going to be popular and get money, Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be remembered.

“Wilt Chamberlain holds all those stat records, he’s the most famous, most 30-point games, the 100-point-game. Bill Russell’s career matters more.

“The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award isn’t called the Wilt Chamberlain Award, it’s the Bill Russell Award.”