Hot Take on Harden: He Won’t Win
By Sebastian Lewis
James Harden will not win a championship with his current style of play.
James has been playing a give me the ball and get out of the way style. While it is winning in the regular season and keeping his team’s head above water while they are suffering from injuries it will not work in the playoffs.
Harden’s historic run did recently come to an end after his game against the Atlanta Hawks. In the span of thirty two straight games Harden was scoring at least thirty points. There is only one other player that has done that in more consecutive games. It was Wilt Chamberlain who did it in 65 straight games.
But back to how James can’t win the way he is playing. I feel as though his best chance to win was last year when they had a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors but Chris Paul got hurt and the Rockets dropped two straight games and lost the series.
The only other way he could have won a championship is if he had stayed in Oklahoma city for another year or two after they lost to the heat in the finals but the thunder traded him in the offseason.
But let’s take a closer look at his style of play. At one point he scored 298 straight unassisted points. That means either he brings the ball up or whoever does bring it up passes it to him and he takes his man off the dribble usually ending in a step back three pointer.
He really only passes when he absolutely has to. He still is averaging 7.6 assists per game but that is down from his previous years were he was more of a facilitator.
As of right he has played 56 games in a 82 game long regular season and he is only 88 shot attempts away from the same amount he took last season. He is averaging about 4 more shot attempts this year and his points per game are up by about 6 points right now but his assist did slightly decline with the way he is playing right now.
I am going to say it one more time even though his isolation type of play is winning games right now in the regular season it WILL NOT work in the playoffs when a team can game plan for you during seven game series. He will have to change something in the way he plays when the playoffs come around.
He is making a hell of a case for MVP because the Rockets would not be the fifth seed right now of it were not for him, but that man Giannis has his team as the number one seed in the east right now but that is a different argument for a different day.