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View Poll Results: 2009 Draft: James Harden or Blake Griffin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swashcuff View Post
    I can fully agree with this. I mean how much does a defensive stat take into account the impact of say Deandre Jordan's shot blocking or his rim protection or anything of the sort. It's by no means fool proof but the other guy was telling me to give him some evidence as to why I believe Blake is better defensively. I did. When I asked him to do the same he said he's average. I was attempting to bring some facts to the discussion.

    The most accurate defensive statistics IMO are the synergy #s which track each player on an individual basis but even that doesn't account for the impact that other players around that individual may or may not have.
    Thanks for the quality of this conversation. It's rare around here.

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    I took Harden. It's admittedly a tad of a homer pick, but unlike a lot of people here, I think Harden has more upside. Harden has already gotten and understood the things he needs to do to be successful: score efficiently, get to the basket and foul line, shoot well, handle the ball and get your teammates involved, play decent perimeter defense. All he has to do is perfect those things to continue to improve.

    Blake, on the flip side, is the exact same age as Harden but has so many more things to improve upon. He's done a good job at rebounding and using his size and strength to get easy baskets and get to the line. He's also an excellent passer for a player of his size. But he has no mid range game (which all elite PFs in this league have), he is a mediocre foul shooter and he's a below average defender and shot blocker despite elite athleticism. People will say that Blake has more upside because he has more room for improvement, but it's his third season and he really hasn't shown signs of improvement in any of those things.

    I think Blake has got a LONG way to go before he's among the best big men in the league, while I think Harden has already proven that he's among the best wings in the NBA. As a No. 1 in Houston, there's no doubt in my mind that Harden will put up a higher scoring average and WS/48 this season, and I think their PERs will be extremely close.


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    This is why you don't jump the gun. Harden is 3-15 shooting now and in the last two games where he's finally facing good defenses who zone in on him he's getting destroyed. Blake is carrying injuries and not off to a good start himself but still a good lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clippersfan86 View Post
    This is why you don't jump the gun. Harden is 3-15 shooting now and in the last two games where he's finally facing good defenses who zone in on him he's getting destroyed. Blake is carrying injuries and not off to a good start himself but still a good lesson.
    No it's because the rest of the team isn't doing ****. If they could score he wouldn't face double and triple teams every play. If they could score when he got the ball out he would have many options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexander_37 View Post
    No it's because the rest of the team isn't doing ****. If they could score he wouldn't face double and triple teams every play. If they could score when he got the ball out he would have many options.
    So why now is it that Harden's cast has anything to do with it? I said this last season when he got off on a tear for the Thunder and people said it wouldn't matter. Just 3 days ago people in this very thread were saying it doesn't matter. Now that its showing that his support does matter you're backtracking?

    Harden is one man who can't do it all by himself. I hope that people start realizing that now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swashcuff View Post
    So why now is it that Harden's cast has anything to do with it? I said this last season when he got off on a tear for the Thunder and people said it wouldn't matter. Just 3 days ago people in this very thread were saying it doesn't matter. Now that its showing that his support does matter you're backtracking?

    Harden is one man who can't do it all by himself. I hope that people start realizing that now.
    Yes because Kobe and even Jordan couldn't do it by themselves. Im not comparing him to those two but you get the point. If you're waiting for him to flop in Houston you'll likely have to keep waiting a long time. Look at Westbrook, he has his terrible shooting nights quite often on a very good team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthSideRookie View Post
    Yes because Kobe and even Jordan couldn't do it by themselves. Im not comparing him to those two but you get the point. If you're waiting for him to flop in Houston you'll likely have to keep waiting a long time. Look at Westbrook, he has his terrible shooting nights quite often on a very good team.
    What does Westbrook have to do with anything?

    You're seriously missing the point. People need to understand that Harden isn't going to be as efficient as a scorer without KD and Westy as he would have been with them. He's going to be the focal point of opposing teams defenses and as a result he's going to have to work harder to get himself good looks.

    Westbrook's game is erratic and he takes more than his share of ill advised shots as well but guess what the more he shot the more you'd see KD and Harden free on the perimeter. He helped his team with his shooting. He's started off this season much like last and by season's end he was an All NBA 2nd teamer.

    Harden is a purer/more efficient scorer than Westbrook I don't get what you're getting at by trying to bring him into the conversation. If you want to justify Harden's poor shooting bring Kevin Martin's game into the convo not Westbrook they are more similar scorers.

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    It will clean up over time. He is the veteran player on the NBAs youngest team. But with time and practice it will clean up ... hopefully.

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    James Harden shooting 17 - 57 with 16 TOs in the last 3 games. Wow.

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    This is Harden's first season as a clear cut #1 option in the NBA after learning to play in the shadow of KD and Westy and quite a lot of time against 2nd units. He's going to have A LOT of ups and downs HOWEVER he's a quality player who knows ho to get his own offensively as well as keep his teammates involved. He's going to even out and have a solid year BUT he isn't going to average 28 on a TS% of 70%+ (I know at least 3 posters that would tell you that based on his stats he can do it they said it at the start of last season) other teams are going to focus in on him and force him into taking bad shots, deny him the ball he's going to have to learn on the fly. He's had to adapt (though his style is easily adaptive to almost any system) to the offensive scheme of the Houston Rockets.

    Shooting is a streaky thing. He'll even out. I still don't think however that he has the potential that Blake Griffin has though. More skilled? Yes. More talented? Not in my opinion.

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    Harden.. More complete player

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    If Blake had led the Clippers to a winning season then I'd flip my opinion. Harden is a winner and Blake is a follower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    If Blake had led the Clippers to a winning season then I'd flip my opinion. Harden is a winner and Blake is a follower.
    Lol this actually made me lol.


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    Shoot I'd even put up Glen Rice and Mitch Richmond in their prime at or slightly better than James. Even Glenn Robinson who is a forgotten beast.


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    wow Harden after hot start,is now cold as *****,last 3 games

    vs Blazers 8-24 5 TO
    vs Denver 5-15 6 TO
    vs Memphis 4-18 5 TO

    Crazy he is just killing any hiuston hopes to win a games

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    If Blake had led the Clippers to a winning season then I'd flip my opinion. Harden is a winner and Blake is a follower.
    So he only gets a rookie season to prove it before being deemed a follower? Such amazing logic my mind is blown son.

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