Harden shines physically. he tests as one of the strongest quickest and most athletic sg in draft and even outdoes demar, who was thought to be the beast, in a few places. OKC make it happen
I really hope he doesn't end up there. I got Thabo Sefolosha at $1 next year in my keeper league.
Hes still a nice player. Just not fantasy wise. He can be a great addition to any team looking for some D. Thunder would be smart to keep him and have him and Livingston coming off the bench to make a long and deep backcourt. A nice stopper.
As a Thunder fan I was hoping that Presti could swing a deal and still get Harden. Harden will be in high demand and they may have to take him 3rd to guarantee that they get him.
I think he can be a rotisserie stud. A poor mans Gerald Wallace. Maybe have a 15-5-3-2-2 season. He's pretty much my Kevin Durant Insurance if anything.
I predicted it when I first my my draft picks over a week ago. Now with his impressive combine results, I feel even better about it. He would be a great fit there because he is very unselfish and a knock down shooter, something he did'nt get to showcase at ASU much because he was always the focal point of the defense. Despite the results, I'm still not sold on his athleticism being elite. It might be an area of his game that is underrated, but I'll still go with the 20+ games I've seen of him over the last 2 years over his results at the combine.
Remember Eddie House had a 40 inch vertical and JJ Redick had a 39 inch vert...dont go crazy and think he'll dunk on an NBA Level big man. I do think he will be better than I thought though, he also has long arms
Im not saying that he is elite athleticism either. Just that it is not such a detriment to his game that his stock should fall much because of it.
He had a 33inch vert. But it comes down to quickness and length in being able to get into the lane to dunk. Redick had a 8ft2 standing reach and house had a 7ft11 standing reach. Harden has an 8ft8.
If Redick had a 39 inch vert he would have been taken top 3.
Athletic sharp-shooters are always in demand.
You can test out whatever it does not mean you use that the same way in a game. I have seen Harden dunk with one quick step no problem in games. I still don't see him as the type to really be yammin on kids like that. His vertical can be high, but that does not mean he is a high flyer in games. Vertical does not equal how long u hang once your up there just where u reach. Some guys stay higher longer. He has a good all around game, but I am still not sold on him like other people are. He is solid to me nothing spectacular.
Redick did have a 33 inch vert. My bad on that one.