This is James Harden's year to collect silverware. If team accolades prove elusive once again, maybe a small part his ego will be satisfied in knowing that gave it all this year. Of course the 2017-2018 NBA season is but 3/4 done. Basketball is one the major team sports in which individual contributions are very tangible and easy to identify. Put a star player in a winning system, keep them motivated and you've got yourself a chance within an earshot. Of course the Rockets are but one team looking to disrupt Golden State's dynasty-in-the-making.
If anybody believes in James Harden's contributions to his teams, it's his own coach Mike D'Antoni. D'Antoni did not mince his words after Tuesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, another team sitting high atop the Western Conference standings. It was Harden's heroics which helped his team pull away in the dying seconds the game. When pressed for commentary, D'Antoni added that "He's (Harden) the best fensive player I’ve ever seen."
Coach D'Antoni support his claims by picking apart Harden's discernible skillset:
"He’s a hell a player, first f. It’s a combination everything. There are other players who might be better at this, or a little bit better at that. But when you put everything together, and the way he passes, the way he sees teammates, the way he can lob, the way he can fight through a foul. I mean even on an f night, he’s probably getting 30, 40 points, and I mean efficiently. And he doesn’t even have anything going. But he’s so efficient, and he gets other guys involved. … He’s got one flaw. He does get tired some. He’s mortal. And that’s it."
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