Let’e get one thing abundantly clear right now. James Harden has been a fantastic offensive pick up for the Houston Rockets since he joined the team prior to last season. In the 2012-13 season, Harden averaged 25.9 points per game with 5.8 assists. This year in leading the team to their current playoff run, he’s been right about the same, averaging 25.4 points with 6.1 assists.
Yes, he has been everything on the offensive end of the court that they could have asked for when they acquired him, the stats don’t lie.
But while we’re on the topic of pointing things out about Harden’s game, let’s make one more thing perfectly clear: He is, in no way, shape or form the best defender in the world.
In this case, the tape doesn’t lie. Have a look at some of his best defensive “efforts” from this past season, and believe me, I use that term loosely and you’ll see why in the compilation below.
Now if a five-year-old were to make some of those attempts at your local rec center, he would more than likely be asked to please go sit on the bench to munch on some orange peels.
But in this case, the Rockets are paying Harden a lot of money to score points, and that’s what he does. So, I guess you can’t have everything.