Which NBA Players Produced the Most Perfect Performances During the Regular Season?

Was anyone able to keep pace with James Harden this year?

All year long here at numberFire, we have been keeping track of each week's perfect individual performances using our numberFire Live platform and advanced numbers.

numberFire Live tracks each NBA game, its win probability and -- most important for our purposes -- player performances. Player performances are measured by nERD (a measure of a player's total contribution, based on efficiency) and are also rated on a scale of 1 to 100, based on both production and efficiency.

We have been concerned with only the individual games that have attained a 100 rating -- in other words, a perfect game.

Now, after 24 weeks, 170 days and 2,460 games, we take a look back at which players have accounted for the most perfect performances. We'll also dive into the top players to uncover which among the top eight have been most efficient and which single performance was the most impressive.

Perfect Performances From the 2016-17 Regular Season

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but James Harden is the only player to have reached nine perfect performances. Regarded as one of the league's top MVP candidates, Harden averaged a nERD of 58.5 in those nine games and maxed out at 68.0 in a 123-118 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers back in late January.

Check out who finished behind him in the table below, which displays all the players who recorded at least one perfect single-game performance this year.

James Harden9Allen Crabbe1
Kawhi Leonard8Amir Johnson1
Russell Westbrook8Andre Drummond1
Anthony Davis7Andre Iguodala1
Damian Lillard6Danilo Gallinari1
Giannis Antetokounmpo6Davis Bertans1
Jimmy Butler6Devin Booker1
Karl-Anthony Towns6Elfrid Payton1
Isaiah Thomas5Enes Kanter1
Kyle Lowry5Eric Bledsoe1
Mike Conley5Goran Dragic1
Blake Griffin4Greg Monroe1
DeMar DeRozan4Harrison Barnes1
George Hill4Ian Clark1
Gordon Hayward4Jabari Parker1
Kevin Love4Jake Layman1
Kyrie Irving4Jamal Crawford1
LeBron James4JaMychal Green1
Stephen Curry4Jeff Teague1
C.J. McCollum3Joe Johnson1
Chris Paul3Jonas Valanciunas1
DeMarcus Cousins3Kelly Olynyk1
Kemba Walker3Kentavious Caldwell-Pope1
Kevin Durant3LaMarcus Aldridge1
Norman Powell3Louis Williams1
Paul George3Marcus Morris1
Andrew Wiggins2Michael Beasley1
Bradley Beal2Nikola Jokic1
DeAndre Jordan2Sean Kilpatrick1
John Wall2Serge Ibaka1
Klay Thompson2Solomon Hill1
Marc Gasol2T.J. Warren1
Otto Porter2Trevor Ariza1
Rodney Hood2Tyler Johnson1
Rudy Gobert2Tyreke Evans1
Zach LaVine2Vince Carter1
Aaron Gordon1Wesley Matthews1

The Beard is followed by the Claw, Kawhi Leonard, who tallied eight perfect games in his MVP-caliber season. In his individual efforts, the San Antonio Spurs star averaged 61.9 nERD per game and posted a personal season-high of 71.9 in a 40-point home rout of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Russell Westbrook, yet another MVP candidate, also racked up eight such games in a historic campaign filled with triple-doubles. He averaged 59.6 nERD when tallying a perfect rating, with his highest total (71.9) coming just over a week ago in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 106-105 road victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Anthony Davis isn't in consideration for the MVP, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been a stud. He posted seven perfect games and averaged the second-highest nERD (62.4) of the top eight players. He was at his best in a 110-96 win over the New York Knicks back in January, when he put up a nERD of 80.3.

Damian Lillard, with six perfect performances, is in a four-way tie with three others, but has the highest average nERD (73.2) among them and accounted for the top single-game nERD of the year. His 59-point effort against the Utah Jazz just nine days ago was good enough for a nERD of 111.2 in the Portland Trail Blazers' 101-86 win.

With an average nERD of 61.8 in six perfect games, Jimmy Butler is king among the final three. He also has the highest single score (93.2) of them -- that coming against the Charlotte Hornets in a seven-point home win on the second day of the new year.

Not long before that, Giannis Antetokounmpo had his best performance of the season two days before Christmas day. That's when he put up a nERD of 77.2 in a 27-point win over the Washington Wizards at home. That was just one of his six such performances, during which Antetokounmpo averaged 61.5 nERD per.

Karl-Anthony Towns never reached the 70-nERD plateau, however, he still counted up six perfect performances at an average nERD of 57.2. His season-high nERD for a single game was 66.6, which took place in a loss to the Knicks despite 47 points and 18 boards from the big man.