Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Rockets GM says Harden could be best offensive player ever

Rockets GM says Harden could be best offensive player ever

This has absolutely been a frustrating season for the Golden State Warriors. Oscar Robertson previously held the National Basketball Association record for most consecutive 35-point, 5-assist outings at seven games.

The Rockets were thankful for James Harden and the referees should be, too.

The Warriors were relatively successful with their top priority of defending Harden, which was to limit his trips to the free throw line.

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Luckily for the Rockets, they have James Harden, and he drained a ridiculous three-pointer to lift the team to victory. On paper, Harden likely gets the edge now, but the Lakers star also has more talent around him in the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and other strong role players. As Bo Schwartz of Nylon Calculus noted, 226 of Harden's 416 3-point attempts have come after seven-plus dribbles. Yes, the team is taking way more long twos than they have in the past. Harden's 8.6 assists per game are good for fourth in the National Basketball Association.

"The work. Yesterday I was in that same spot shooting the same shots", Harden said. Harden had a triple-double in the game, adding 10 rebounds and 15 assists. He's also averaging 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. In addition, the Rockets have the league's best record since Harden's scoring streak began on December 11.

The race for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award is already heating up and it's only January. You can't. Can't guard him.

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This isn't new territory for Harden, who led the league in usage rate last season.

Whereas Harden's usage sat at 36.2 percent in the lead-up to Paul's injury, it's spiked to 42.9 percent in the games since.

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