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He benefits from playing alongside Durant and Westbrook who command double teams in the fourth quarter. He is the third option in the fourth quarter and nobody is denying that he is a very good player. The only time in the playoff where he had to play more against the starters was against the heat where he came earlier in the game, had to guard starters and if you noticed, Miami cut their bench's minutes because they knew that is how thunder create the difference and Harden didn't deliver.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts - 8.28.12
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I doubt Serge was the greedy one. According to some analysts, Hardensaid no way he was getting less than the max so he forced the hand of the management. He also wanted Durant to lobby for him while not willing to get less than the max. He is the greedy one
What portion of Harden points occur against other teams bench??? probably a big portion of it. Harden shrinks when given Westbrook responsibilities. 16.8 a game in 30 minutes a game is not a star stat for a shooting guard who can't hit 2s. On the defensive end, he is always 3 meters late on his assignments and actually increases his opponents ability to score when he gets closer. No contender would give Harden a max contract and not half the league would give him a max contract. Only the suns would do so and because they couldn't get Gordon and I bet they value Gordon over him. the reason why Harden was selcted over Gordon is because they needed 3 points shooters and not players who drive to the basket. And Gordon just came from injuries
Stats mean nothing. Stats are what made Jeremy a top 5 or top 10 poitn guard in the league while he can't even bring the ball off the court by himself. Bring Haslem to replace Ibaka and OKC will crash out of the first round. There is a reason why teams would never pay anything like that to Haslem and they would line up for IBAKA. Once again you trust the stats too much and they don't tell you the whole story.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on James Harden: 'I want to keep playing with the Thunder'
What could Howard have done without his physical strength? I don't see him doing anything special on defense that Serge doesn't do. He is only stronger and fouls a lot and ahve to be bailed out by referees because he is constantly in foul trouble.
Moreover, if the thunder organization made promises of bonuses in order for Serge to duplicate his shots blocking abilities and his stance as the defensive player of the year, it is because they value it deeply. Stats only tell 5% of the game. When you use too much stats you forget about the game itself.
Do you make your opinion or you base it on bloggers. Besides, give me the names of the players that satisfy all the defensive reuirements that you want Serge to satisfy.
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These bloggers don't know much about Basketball because they sucked at playing it
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So is there a law that prohibit other players in the league to have weak side blocks.
I think Rashard Lewis's 14 millions was carried over from Orlando when he was a starter so it doesn't count.
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You undervalue Ibaka's contribution but I think the team's staff gave him close to the max because of his importance to the team. OKC's defense would not be average without Ibaka and the fact that you're saying there are good defensive good men out there highlight the fact that you give too much importance to stats. It is not just Ibaka's blocks, There are shots deviated, easy lay ups avoided, more fast break opportunities due to the blocks, more energy from the crowd due to the blocks, the assurance that the perimeters are protected so that they can go for fast breaks and these are some of te advantages of his blocks. We can also talk about his defense and his ability to cover the courts and all their implications. the stats and PER and all that are limited and misleading.
I can't say conclusively but if they didn't even play him as a starter in the NBA finals when they realized that Sef was being unproductive, it means that they dreaded the negative impact that he will have on the final minutes of the game.
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Eric Gordon has always been starter and main player and fullfilled his role appropriately. No bench player makes a max salary
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I am sorry but James is not better than Johnson for me. I would take Johnson over James. James has flourished a third option while Joe has struggled as a first option. James can never handle double teams that franchise players face
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Ibaka would get max or close to max contracts from other teams while Harden would get it from only one team
The problem is it likely won't work because there will be no other Harden on the bench and without the bench mismatch that gives them a significant advantage, they won't scare anyone.
Harden is a sure thing is just your opinion. You're only looking to one aspect of th game which is the offense. Without Perkins and Ibaka and no defensive specialist to replace them, they would score a lot more but wont' get far because they would be score on as well. The organization knows how weak they are defensively and how important Ibaka is to the team and that is why they made that decision.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on James Harden: 'I want to keep playing with the Thunder'
Harden has so far been extremely ineffective when playing as a starter. Not only he doesn't increase their scoring total in ten first quarter but he plays zero defense and tires at the end of the game. A 22 year old who tires that fast is a questionmark
It wasn't just a coaching strategy, His presence in the starting line-up messes up the team's chemistry while leaving the bench with no other pure score and leader. Harden also seems to tire quickly when he starts and they have never benefited from his productivity when he is a starter. It is not just a coaching philosophy because they tried it multiple times and it was counter-productive. So he is going to remain a bench player for OKC and nobody pays gives a bench player a max contract. Moreover, you are too focused on the stats. They happen under specific circumstances that are not taken into consideration. There are also many more stats that can be created and that will be detrimental to Harden productivity as a whole for the team. Incomplete Stats are some of the reasons why people don't realize that Love messes up his own team by focusing exclusively on boosting his own stats therefore lagging in on the defensive end and all that
@justin_mia If Harden stays with OKC, for productivity concerns. he will remain a bench player. Nobody is paying a max contract to a bench player for the next 5 years