James Harden Freethrows
This guy is unreal. It is uncanny how good he is at driving and getting fouled.
Although he's only shooting 43% from the field, he's averaging 25PPG while taking only 17 shots per game. He's shooting 9.6 FT/PG and hitting 86% of them.
He went 17-18 tonight from the line. 33 points off 12 field goals. 11.8 FT/PG in the last 5 while shooting 93% from the line.
Only guy shooting more free throws per game than Harden is Howard. And Dwight is getting fouled on purpose at the end of games with the Hack-A-Dwight technique.
Can he keep this up?
The true sign of a great scorer is how often the get to the free throw line..
Can he keep it up?? If the Rockets want to stay relevant, then he better.. Lin is great but he wont carry a team like Harden will. Parson is great but, like Lin, wont carry.. They need a better PF, I love Patterson but he is a backup, and this team would be nasty.
I lol'ed when you said Lin is great, he's struggling to fit in as a starting pint guard and is more fitted for being a 6th man type where he can just do him off the bench, the rockets need more veteran help and I wouldn't be surprised if they sign josh smith to a nice contract and throw their name in the Dwight sweepstakes again
Lin had 18 pts, 6 assists with only 1 turnover. He did all this with a ball dominant 2 guard. Has hating on Lin become a new trend. There are other starting pg putting up worst numbers. He started off bad this year. There is still almost 60% of the season left to go. I think for now on he will be putting up good numbers consistently now that he and Harden seemed to be clicking.
Lin is coming on during the month of December. He's had some big scoring nights and he is always giving assists, rebounds (for a PG) and steals.
The Rockets have a ton of cap space this year and next year, lots of assets getting seasoning in the D-league and their starters are all years from their prime. For Lin especially he is both young and inexperienced (I suspect those four years of practicing against the bench players at Harvard was not exactly the best preparation for the NBA), I think everyone should expect that Lin is going to get better.
I saw something interesting about Lin, last year he had about 24-25 starts? People said that wasn't enough to judge if he was a star or not, but now he's in a new system getting accustomed to a bunch of players who have never played together and has about 25 starts yet that's enough to judge whether he's a bust or not?
That's ridiculous, it's obvious if you watch the game playing with Harden has messed up his game. The last couple of games they've both played well though and that's really a good sign for the Rockets and a bad sign for the rest of the league. If they can learn to mesh then the Rockets will be a good team.
I completely understand why Lin has struggled and it is because of Harden, Harden is ball-dominant. He even dribbles the ball up the floor sometimes. I don't expect it to continue though once they learn each others games even more.
True he does a great job of getting to line. At some point I think the refs would smarten up and not want to be tricked. Harden is one of the biggest floppers in the game, especially when attacking the basket. He just throws himself at his defender and it really bothers me. He still gets the call when the defender is attempting to move backwards or slide out of the way. Refs need to keep in mind that invisible verticality, Harden abuses it and gets away with a lot. He must have been watching Manu as a youngster.
"I ALWAYS drive left, and when I do, nobody can stop me" - James Harden
"I ALWAYS drive right, and when I do, nobody can stop me" - Jeremy Lin
People stopped following Lin after his slow start and just assume he's doing the same thing. He is not. In Dec,Lin is shooting 48% from the feild 38% from 3 and has dropped games of 38 points 7 assists, 19 points 8 assists, 22 points 8 assists and last night's 19 points 6 assists. He did struggle to begin the season, but he's adjusted and I think his shooting numbers will continue to raise. I've always said he reminds me of Kirk Hinrich and I think he'll have that kind of a career as a starter, 14-15 ppg 5-7 apg over a steal and the capability to go for 30+ if his shot gets going.
He still can't go left.
Stop his right first. LOL
It's as good as saying 100% of the NBA can't hit full-court shots at 50%. it doesn't matter.
I've gotten a chance to meet James Harden and hang around him on several occasions because one of my close friends is actually Harden's best friend. He is a very very smart player and he actually does get fouled. The next time any of you get a chance to see the Rockets play, notice that when he goes to the hole, he extends his arm out and squeezes the ball. By extending his arm, he is showing the defenders the ball which 90% of the time causes someone to swipe and he then brings his arms up through their arm or hand. . More times than none they'll hit wrist arm or hand and even if they hit the ball, Harden will also sell the foul causing the refs to almost call it every time. Its highly effective and he'a actually been doing the same thing since his college days at Arizona St.. Im not sure if other players in the NBA have caught on to it. But its definitely hard not to swipe when someone puts the ball directly in front of you.
The interesting thing is I've been watching KD do it since the beginning of this season. Im positive he learned it from James. And with KD being so much longer, its much easier to actually notice it.
JH is fantasy gold with his FT%, beside that i love this player, can't wait the day Rockets will be really relevant with Harden as his franchise player.
I'd like to know who here see him as a potential MVP in a couple of season?