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It just sucks because he's our answer at the 2 spot. Big, plays tough, good defensively, scores in the rhythm of the game, team player...
I wish we had 2 top picks like OKC had a couple of years ago to throw on Griffin and Harden. If we could do that, we'd be set for the future combined with DJ and Ajinca
An obvious feel of the game allows Harden to score and impact the game in a number of ways. Equally apt at driving the lane as he is stroking the long ball (he shoots and hits NBA length 3's regularly) means that he is a handful for any defense. When he is not scoring, he is creating for others or crashing the boards. While he might not have the greatest lateral movement, he shows a great understanding and anticipation which makes him a great defender - especially when it comes to picking off passes.
A natural left hander but obviously ampidexterous allows him to drive in both directions and his tight handle works both ways.
It will be interesting to see what he measures out at. If he is 6'4" will it effect his draft stock? He looks to be more 6'5"/6'6" - but what the hell do I know!! He is long though so I'll bet he has a big wing span and reach. While he's not considered athletic, I'll bet money he surprises a lot of people at the draft camp with something like a 32 inch standing and a 38 or so inch max vert. I think he's one of those deceptive types.
The more I watch Harden (seen him 7 times) the more and more I like him, especially considering our current need. He's mature, knows the game and is very well rounded. While watching him I often think that he hasn't done much only to check the box score to see he's had a 25/8/5 type game which tells me he is consistent over the whole course of the game.
He wears a T under his jersey - which is a pity. I'd like to be able to see his shoulders and arms to get a better understanding of his body type.
He reminds me a lot of Joe Johnson.
Last edited by Slam; 01-13-2009 at 09:31 PM.
I can tell you right now, he has a soft body. Usually when guys wear T's it's because they're skinny or overweight. He's always been like that and actually didn't play much in high school because he was "fluffy"
He grew out of it though because he put on like 5 inches so that helps
He's the perfect guy for our team right now. I'd say it's certifiable that I have a hard-on for Hard-en. Matter Fact I might just call him James Hardon from now on
I like that you said he surprises you with his stats. That's what I've been saying about him for awhile now. He'll get great stats but you don't notice because he's such a team player. He'll go out and get assists and crash, but he'll also get his points. Exactly what LB wants?!
About the draft thing, what would you be willing to give up in order to have, I'm guessing, the top 2 picks?
So long as he has some thickness to him, which his core has for sure, I think he'll be fine. Plus, he uses his body really well to absorb and rub off guys when he drives.
He does look slobbish out there though with the T, the baggy clothes and the beard!
Last edited by Slam; 01-13-2009 at 09:41 PM.