We all know his efficiency is going to dip. We know that playing with OKC and coming off the bench will help with that. No one is disputing that. Those 66.0% TS% days are gone, for sure. He's at 56.6% (I think he'll finish the year a little better than that), but that's not bad. Even if his TS% drops 1/10th of a point, it's at 56%, which tops Kobe Bryant's career high for reference's sake.
We will see in due time. Sample size remains way too tiny. It's his first year starting/being the first option. There's nothing at all that we can reasonably deduce after 8 games on a new team in a new role with a weaker cast.
I just think he has the tools. Amazing off the dribble. A solid shooter. A great finisher at the rim. Absolutely elite at getting to the line. Solid defender. Great rebounder for his position. There might be some streakiness, but he's got the tools. I'm not sure where the Rudy Gay comparison is coming from. Rudy's efficiency in terms of scoring is Harden's cellar IMO. Rudy isn't nearly as good off the dribble, he can't get to the line nearly as much as Harden, and he's not the play-maker Harden can be. Harden can basically function as a PG if needed, Rudy is not good at all at setting people up.
I'm not saying he's a star, nor am I saying that he'll be a decent #1 option...I just think he has the tools and am more than willing to give him a lot of time to figure it out. This is virgin territory to him.
Again, we'll see. My last comment on the matter! We got the Mighty Magic to talk about, and I'm content with letting him prove it on the court rather than us trying to prove it before it happens.