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Unguardable | The Story Behind James Harden

Jun 03, 2021
NBA fans have come to know James Harden as one of the greatest offensive superstars we've ever seen, a bearded flamethrower, but Harden wasn't always projected as the kind of alpha star who has been a factor in virtually every career. of MVP in the last eight years. How did the guy selected after Hashem Fabi go from sixth man of the year to NBA MVP? This is the

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behind James Harden. Hardin was born James Harden Jr. Timonia Willis and James Harden Senior in 1989. According to a 2016 Texas Beer Monthly profile, Hardin dropped the younger from his name when he realized that his father, a former Navy Seal who was entering and was coming out of prison on drug charges, it wasn't going to be a constant part of his life when he was young.
unguardable the story behind james harden
Hardin was shot in a Little Tikes adjustable basket his mother bought him, and when he was in seventh grade, the young player who played in the same boys and girls club as a teammate named Russell Westbrook wrote Willis a letter that Since then it has become famous thanks to the young Hardin of adidas. That letter, which somewhat foreshadowed the Compton product, began to attract attention on the Artesia High court in Lakewood, California, where Hardin led the Pioneers to back-to-back state championships and earned McDonald's All-American honors as a senior and not It was only at the high school level where Hardin was racking up championships, he let his AAU team pump and run elite at the Adidas Super 64 Las Vegas Championship beating teams led by Kevin Love and Michael Beasley Still, Hardin was just The No. 14 recruit in the Class of 2007 sandwiched between Kosta Koofas and Anthony Randolph before committing to Arizona State, he throws it overboard and the end for the second time as a freshman Hardin began to show how ridiculous those can be. rankings when he picked a Sun Devils team chosen to finish ninth in the Pac-10 to the quarterfinals after a 21-13 season he was named Pac-10 First Team and earned a Sports Illustrated cover in his second season.
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It was that second and final season at Arizona State that cemented Hardin's status as a top-tier NBA draft pick, as he dropped a 40 piece at Ute just a couple of weeks into the season. , here are his 40 points, his average is better than 20 points, five rebounds and four assists as he drags the Sun Devils to the second round of the ncaa. tournament a place they haven't been in the 11 years since and he was named pac-10 player of the year and a consensus all-american he's a matchup nightmare for anyone trying to defend him one on one and he got one to crawl, pardon went on to be selected third overall in a 2009 nba draft with the final third pick in the 2009 nba draft, oklahoma city thunder pick

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, behind only blake griffin and sabi, yes, the Grizzlies probably want to. that back but landed in the perfect spot an oklahoma city thunder team loaded with young talent like kevin durant westbrook and serge ibaka in many ways hardin's arrival was the finishing touch to general manager sam presti's emerging masterpiece transforming the thunder of Simply a team with the potential to be a legitimate team to watch now, OKC went from a 23rd and 59th seller in the KD Westbrook combo's first season to a 50th and 32nd playoff team in Hardin's rookie season, with Hardin emerging as a super substitute, that trend continued over the next two seasons and in Hardin's third year in the league he averaged 16.8 points on 49, 39, 85 shots split to take home sixth man of the year honors.
unguardable the story behind james harden
He was also an invaluable component of the postseason runs to the Western Finals in 2011 and the NBA Finals in 2012. Go back and rewatch Oklahoma City's impressive two-nil comeback in the 2012 Western Finals over San Antonio and you'll find Harden's fingerprints all over the Thunder's four wins in that series. The team was plus-64 with Hardin on the court and minus-25 when he sat, but during those three seasons, Hardin started just seven regular-season games and zero playoff games if the Thunder were in the process of building the next one. NBA Spurs dynasty. A slippery lefty backup with some rough play was the natural piece of the puzzle for Ginobili, but with all due respect to Manu, the basketball gods and Hardin himself had bigger plans for the bearded man after losing to Miami in the Finals.
unguardable the story behind james harden
In 2012, Hardin and the Thunder entered into extension negotiations if the two sides could not reach an agreement by the end of October. Hardin would have been designated for restricted free agency the summer following the Thunder who had already locked up Durant and Westbrook in years. previous ones who added a big money extension for ibaka during the summer of 2012 and who refused to amnesty their overpayment for kendrick perkins yes, it was reported that kendrick perkins was offering hardin a four year contract in the neighborhood of 55.5 million dollars, which was slightly less than the maximum contract of 60 million dollars.

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covenant now some have argued that hardin should have been willing to compromise and compromise on his maximum demands after all he was talking about $4.5 million while that same $4.5 million would have cost the thunder more after payments luxury tax remind teams entering luxury tax territory pays more than dollar for dollar for money spent above the league's tax threshold, according to a projection by Oklahoma's Barry Trammell in 2012, with Hardin in mix, the thunder would have been about 9 million over that threshold, but its luxury tax bill would have been 15.75 million, but put yourself in the shoes of a young millionaire with a limited earnings window who correctly bet on the fact that that his current team did not understand his true value.
The Thunder may be a small market team, but they are still owned. by business magnates whose net worths range from hundreds of millions to billions, those guys should have been more willing to pay given how close the team was to the cusp of sustained greatness, that cheapness almost definitely cost them championships of the thunder in okc, the thunder negotiated to toughen him up instead of maxing him out by sending him to rockets in a blockbuster that brought back kevin martin jeremy lamb and draft picks that eventually became steven adams alex sabrina and mitch mcgarry i mean that this is going to be a big shock to the oklahoma city system that

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harden all of a sudden two three days before the season started was over you know the conventional wisdom again was right maybe they won't get an extension before Wednesday's deadline, but then thunder can break out this season by keeping his team intact and negotiating.
With this in the summer, you let Harden become a restricted free agent, decide if you want to match one of these max offers, maybe let someone else go to try to make financial room to stay tough. They could have bought themselves time if they allowed this. They spent Halloween but decided against it, they decided to take advantage of a pretty big deal they could get. Now you have to wonder what this is going to do to his locker room. How long will it take for the thunder to deal with it? The impact of this move Hardin got his top dollar from Houston, where analytics guru Daryl Mori could see the historic efficiency within and the beard was officially unleashed, he brings it down, picks it up, scores it and commits a foul .
What a debut for the bearded James Harden. In his first two games with the Rockets, Hardin scored a combined 82 points on nearly 64 percent shooting en route to becoming a 25-point-per-game scorer and an All-Star during his first season in Houston and, like Upon arrival in Oklahoma, the Rockets left. from a 34-win lottery team to a 45-win playoff team in Hardin's first season, with the club losing to the Thunder, ironically, in the first round, with Houston growing into a perennial 50-win team Behind Hardin's transcendent scoring, in fact, despite joining non-playoff teams in Oklahoma City in 2009 and Houston three years later, Hardin has yet to miss the postseason in his 11-year career. and it is not difficult to understand why the hatred for his fouls takes a step back, happy game, all you want, the fact is between that incredible shot that makes his cunning to get to the rim and yes, his real and almost amazing skill to get to the free throw line is nearly unstoppable as a scorer, on top of that he is also one of the best passers and craftiest playmakers in the game, who just so happens to create the best thing for his teammates is that there are often open corner threes because, as I unfortunately put it once on live TV, if you play with James Harden you're going to get a ton of open corner threes just because he creates them like he sucks the d. well, he stinks at defense, now he remains for a moment in our graded material.
Anyone who has done their homework on James Harden knows that the bearded superstar has earned a reputation for, shall we say, having fun, James has his jersey like hanging off the top, yeah, what's up? Not with this shirt, they were doing that because Jay said James just came spinning in like you know, I mean, so they gave him his like it was his own shirt hanging from the rafters of the strip club. This reputation has taken on such vital force that a viral 2019 Reddit study seeks to find a correlation between Hardin's performance and the quality of a given city's strip clubs.
Unless you're a teammate or in Hardin's inner circle, it's impossible to say for sure whether he likes to party more than any other young millionaire. athlete in the prime of his life, but there's one thing that can't be denied and a big part of the reason why so many connected guys marvel at Hardin's excellence is that whatever he does in his personal time doesn't seem to affect his performance on the court regardless of what the Reddit investigation mentioned above found. Harden, who has missed just 42 combined games in 11 professional seasons, has averaged at least 25 points per game in eight consecutive seasons.
Mike D'Antoni arrived on the scene in 2016. He became Harden. he became more of a point guard and saw beard lead the league in assists in his first season handling that responsibility, very good, a great dish under cappella drops him plus a foul by the time you see this, he will have secured his third consecutive score . title and in 2019 became the first player in 32 years to average at least 36 points per game, it's no surprise then that the Rockets have mostly been a contending mainstay with an elite offense since Hardin landed in Houston ago. 8 years, but it hasn't always been.
It's been easy to keep him or his teammates happy. Mori has had to mix in other stars over the years in his quest to build a championship team around Harding. In 2013, the Rockets signed Dwight Howard and put together consecutive 54-win and 56-win seasons. respectively advanced to the Western Conference Finals in 2050, but one of the lasting images of that 2015 playoff run was Hardin on the bench as Houston rallied from a huge deficit to avoid elimination against the Clippers in the sixth game of the Western Conference. semi-finals an incredible 34 point swing in this paul finally knocks one down and that will make it one of the most impressive comebacks for a team facing elimination in nba hi

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hardin and howard's relationship seemed to sour the following season, although They both deny any beef ever existed and the Rockets stumbled to a 41-win season before being eliminated by the Warriors for the second consecutive sprint this time in the first round.
This is a fitting conclusion to Golden State's season 1 14 81 previews. The Rockets traded for Chris Paul in 2017. He became a league-leading juggernaut with 65 wins behind their star-studded defense and Hardin ultimately took home league MVP honors after finishing runner-up in two of the Three previous seasons, the Rockets even had the mighty Warriors on the ropes in the Western Finals with No team came closer than Houston to eliminating the fully healthy Warriors with the four Steph Curry Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but Houston blew a 3-2 series lead thanks to an untimely hamstring injury to Paul and an unfathomable 27 consecutive missed 3-pointers. in game seven, in which hardin missed ten of those twenty-seven, it's hard to be forced, is there a point where you stop shooting just as a trip to the western finals served as the beginning of the end for hardin's partnership with Howard?
The dynamic duo he forged with Paul the Rocket still won 53 games in 2018-19 and Hardin finished in the top two in MVP voting againas he set the league on fire with his scoring, but the Rockets just didn't have the same vibe around him as they did. In the first year of the Hard and Paul partnership, the relationship between the guards disintegrated and after being eliminated again by the Warriors, this time against a banged up team with no kd, the writing was on the wall, the hardened CP3 combo averaged 59 victories and won three playoffs. series in two seasons, but was not going to see a year of three Yahoo Sports, as Vincent Goodwill reported that Paul saw the relationship as unsalvageable and that Hardin told the Rockets to choose between them.
Paul was transferred to Oklahoma City in the Rockets' latest blockbuster, this one. reuniting Hardin with his childhood friend and former Thunder teammate Westbrook, while the fit didn't look great early on after a slow start, Harden Westbrook and the Rockets are about to return to where Houston has become a fixture, the team was on pace for 51 wins. And in the middle of the tight West playoff field, while Hardin led the league in scoring with a 34.4-point average and a 61.6 true shooting percentage, he also took time to discuss the reigning MVP , janis santiscoopo, which you can learn more about in a previous article. unfiltered episode of the rockets who went all out on small ball when they traded clint capella at the deadline enter the disney reboot as a flawed secondary contender but nonetheless a contender for hardin who will soon turn 32 sorry for the skinny Harden who seems to be transforming into Moses after the burning bush this postseason is another opportunity to further solidify a somewhat confusing legacy, on the one hand, he is an MVP-caliber superstar and a legendary scorer who travels To Springfield, on the other hand, his slew of runner-up finishes in MVP voting and his many postseason heartbreaks in both Houston and Oklahoma paint the picture of a career defined by the old adage always the bridesmaid, never the bride , it doesn't help, the Harden meme is due to defensive deficiencies and his worst playoff performances have been held up as some kind of proof that you can't win a title with a beard on your head, but that's too much of a view. simplistic for one, while he gets lost off the ball too often, he's actually not as bad as you think he is defending the ball and his uncanny strength makes him one of the best post defenders next to him in a single game. and we're not even in the fourth quarter he still has 23 points just ben mclemore really good defense and yes he's had some bad results in the playoffs and his efficiency drops at that time of year but you can say that about almost every player of the planet.
We're still talking about a guy who has averaged roughly 28 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals with above-average efficiency in his Rockets' postseason run. Numbers that no other player can match during that time, with Houston performing better than 10 points per 100 possessions when Harden is on the court during those seven playoffs, fortunately for us as basketball fans, Hardin should take a lot more kicks in the can, as his durability and almost slow-motion ground play seem to lend themselves to longevity, so how many more scoring titles? mvps 50 Winning seasons and postseason chances have tightened up, who knows, but one thing we can say for sure is that every time he decides to call it quits, even if that day was today, after a career that included an MVP, a sixth man of the year. awards eight all-star selections soon to be seven NBA selections 11 consecutive trips to the playoffs and an Olympic gold medal James Harden's jersey and number will one day be hanging in the rafters of more than just strip clubs thanks for watching If you like this video and want to see more content like this, be sure to hit the subscribe button

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