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It's like he could make his living at the FT line where as Harden doesn't mix it up insdie as much.
One thing that just hit me - I don't think I have ever seen Harden score in the post with his back to the basket. Heck, I don't think I have ever seen him post up!!
Maybe that's a size thing?
Not good last night. Took on DeRozan and USC. He scored only 4 while DeRozan dropped 22 on ASU.
Arizona State take on UCLA Saturday at 3:45pm on CBS.
Be interesting to see how Harden bounces back after a poor game aginst USC going up against two very good defenders in Collison and Holiday.
Halftime of the ASU/UCLA game. Harden has 5 points and 3 fouls (2 offensive). He's constantly double and sometimes triple teamed. He's handling the pressure okay and is able to use his handles to get to the rim. He has a nice spin move.
He missed two points on a drive when the shot clock ran out and missed two more on a close offensive foul. He looks like an NBA player to me
Hit those two big FT's with 20 secs to go to send it to OT which was good to see.
I liked the passion he showed today (the thumping the chest and yelling out etc). I love that power step he has to get to the rim.
Would like to see two things:
1. A mid range game - mainly a pull up mid range J off the dribble.
2. A post up move - like the one that Swish had when he's back his defender down and shoot the turn around fade.
There is a LOT to like about Harden though and the more I see him the more I like plus the more and more I see him the more and more I think of Joe Johnson V.2
Finished with 24 in a win over UCLA. Must have had a very solid good 2nd half!
1. James Harden, So., Arizona State
Harden doesn't jump out as an elite prospect when you first see him. A little undersized at the 2, he's not a particularly explosive or quick athlete. And there's nothing flashy about his game. However, he has a certain old-school swagger about him that has many NBA executives calling him the second-best prospect in the draft.
Harden is a big-time scorer with NBA strength and a terrific basketball IQ, and has been super-productive as both a freshman and a sophomore. While he doesn't appear to have the upside of many of the younger athletes on the list, right now he looks like a lock for a top-five pick in the draft.