James Harden is arguably the best natural offensive talent to touch down in the NBA since Allen Iverson. While we’ve seen wizards with the rock like Kobe, Dirk, Durant, Rose, Curry and LeBron , not one guy on the list gets his with the ease of James Harden. James “The Beard” is what you call a natural born scorer. He was meant to put the ball in the hole, the way Donald Trump was meant to be a scum bag. It’s not just the way Harden scores, but it’s how he looks doing his work that is equally magnificent.
Already an MVP runner-up and former scoring champ, Harden can take another leap and move into an elite category with Curry and LeBron as one of today’s very best.
JH has an arsenal of step backs, Euro steps, rip-throughs, pull ups, and misdirections that are rapid fire like Bruce Lee fight scene in “Enter the Dragon“. His repertoire is so deep that you rarely, if ever see him get locked up, and being forced into a bad shot. If that isn’t enough to make a shooting guard lose sleep over the words “HOU” on his iCal, know that James Harden was a 2015-16 league leader in free throw attempts, with over 200 more than the #2 guy. The Beard boasts a FT% of nearly 86% with just over 10 attempts per game. Already an MVP runner-up and former scoring champ, Harden can take another leap and move into an elite category with Curry and LeBron as one of today’s very best. Mike D’Antoni is the newly hired coach known for up-tempo offenses and very little defense. Right up Harden’s alley. Coach Mike will put the ball in Harden’s hands even more than before, threatening the league with moving Harden to the 1. In addition to the new coach and system, Houston brought in shooters like Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to give Harden more options on offense.
Look for the 4 time All-Star to once again be in the MVP conversation. Despite his average of 29 points while shooting 43 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three, to go with his 6 assists and 7 rebounds per game, Harden has failed to make an all NBA squad. The Beard was thought to be trimmed for 2 reasons. The Rockets finished the year at 41-41, a 15-win drop from the previous season and he is as known for his deference for D as he is for scoring.
It’s clear that Harden has never taken defense seriously and this is his biggest and most consistent flaw
It’s clear that Harden has never taken defense seriously and this is his biggest and most consistent flaw. Harden would seem to have the tools to be a solid defender at best and a serviceable defender at worst. Thus far bro is the big girl in aisle 7 with yoga pants, a bonnet, flip flops and Keisha on speaker. Big Momma could give a fu^& less what you think so get out her mouth. The same goes for Harden. He has shown a willingness to take the path of least resistance. He’ll give up 25 and score 40. The cost of doing business. 15 to the good.
I for one believe that this is the year of James and not the Kingly one. This is the first Summer TMZ , Media Take Out and other “news” outlets that your Aunt Cheryl frequents, didn’t have JH linked to 2 strippers, 5 twodels, or posted with a Kardashian shirtless in a strip club. I think the all NBA team snub hurt. I know the strippers pocket’s hurt. Well, the league is about to hurt. While everyone is expecting a motivated Westbrook to lead the L in triple doubles don’t be shocked if Harden snatches that. The D that he is paid to play might be on par with the D that he pays to play. If he could afford to give thick bottomed stripper, Maliah Michael $100 stacks for a date, then he can surely lock up on D when the score is tied up at 100 in the 4th.
With the NBA shooting guard position at it’s the lowest point in decades, the crown is there for the taking. 2-way players like Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson will always be able to lay claim to part of the 2dom as long as the bearded one is the court jester of the other side of the ball. This is the year where James Harden can decide if he wants to go down in history with other talented scorers like Allen Iverson and Tracy Mc Grady, killers who never hoisted the trophy. Or J Hard can adjust and sacrifice parts of his game like Kevin Love, LeBron, Wade and Chris Bosh to get some hardware at some point in the near future.