Thread: tim's Rookie Profile: James Harden

+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. TOP #1
    tim is developing a reputation tim's Avatar Respect JPJ
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Minnesota
    Age
    23
    Posts
    1,893
    Rep Power
    7

    Default tim's Rookie Profile: James Harden

    James Harden

    College: Arizona State
    Position: SG
    Height: 6'5''
    Weight: 218 lbs.
    Date of Birth: 8/26/1989
    NBA Comparison: Brandon Roy (less athletic)
    2008-09 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 48.9% FG, 35.6% 3FG, 75.6% FT

    Key Strengths

    * Triple threat offensively

    * Great at getting to the free throw line

    * Very efficient and consistent

    * Willing to play defense

    * High basketball IQ


    Key Weaknesses

    * Not very athletic

    * Struggled in the tournament

    * Possible limited upside

    * Height and length potentially an issue


    Outlook: Harden was seen by many as the second best American prospect in this draft before the draft. Throughout the season, he put up great numbers and made his teammates at Arizona St better in the process. His ability to shoot, drive to the hoop, or pass it to an open teammate made his offense deadly to defenders. And he was no slouch on defense either, making it very hard for slashers to get to the hole when he was on them. He made his way through the season as the Pac 10's best player, and ended up winning the conference's player of the year award. It was the tournament that would end up hurting him.

    Harden has a rough conference tournament, then had a rough NCAA tournament after that. Despite his great play throughout the season, these games hurt his draft stock, putting him down as low as 10 in some mock drafts. But despite all this, Harden should make his way in the top 6, and has the potential to be an All Star down the road if he plays with the same toughness and skill he showed in college.



  2. TOP #2
    deception is developing a reputation deception's Avatar JBB Banned Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    4,233
    Rep Power
    10

    Default Re: tim's Rookie Profile: James Harden

    the "not very athletic" knock was disproved by harden in the combine. apparently harden tested exceptionally well
    "The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it." Naipaul

  3. TOP #3
    rocketeer is developing a reputation rocketeer's Avatar On the First Team
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    3,250
    Rep Power
    11

    Default Re: tim's Rookie Profile: James Harden

    height, length, and athleticism are not an issue with harden. he measured out at a legit 6'5+ in shoes with a 6'11 wingspan and tested to be a good athlete.

  4. TOP #4
    anique_24 is developing a reputation anique_24's Avatar Part of the Rotation
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Philippines, Butuan City.
    Posts
    1,694
    Rep Power
    5

    Default Re: tim's Rookie Profile: James Harden

    I'm not too knowledgeable about NCAA conferences, but I'm kind of worried about Harden's efficiency scoring when guarded. His EFG% was very low compared to the other draft picks according to Hollinger's stats.


+ Reply to Thread

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

     

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts