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NBA Ball: Breakdown James Harden and Eric Gordon

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NBA Ball: Breakdown James Harden and Eric Gordon

can someone breakdown the differences and similarities in Eric Gordon and James Harden game. After Kobe and Wade get a little older Harden and Gordon should be the best 2 guards in the league.

Better Scorer

Better Shooter

Better Passer

Better Defender

Better Athlete

Better Clutch Player

Better at getting to the rim

Better Overall?


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To be honest, aside from

To be honest, aside from athlete, I think James Harden takes the cake in each category. Obviously I'm a little biased here but I think it's no contest.

Not a knock on Gordon but I just think Harden has and is improving so much. Not to mention, dude is shooting 10 free-throws a game this season

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100% agree and I might put

100% agree and I might put them as equal as an athlete. A fair argument could be made James Harden is the best shooting guard in the league this year certainly top 3.

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lol Harden takes every

lol Harden takes every category aside from athlete? Gordon is the better shooter and MUCH better defender.

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Watch them play and Gordon is

Watch them play and Gordon is certainly not the much better defender, Harden has great defensive instincts and can guard the 1 and 2. Also shooting abilities is much closer, as a clippers fan Gordon is nowhere near a good shooter as people think, he is inconsistent as heck.

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Better scorer: Harden, he's

Better scorer: Harden, he's much better at using angles to his advantage and more creative
Better shooter: Gordon
Better Passer: Harden, it's actually closer than some might think but he's so much more creative and is a more natural passer
Better defender: Gordon, the guy is build like a truck and has long long arms which make up for his height
Better athlete: Push, I really can't decide because they're both so deceptivley athletic. But Gordon did have a 40 inch vert in combine
Better clutch player: Harden, go watch the western confrence finals last year against Spurs
Better at getting to the rim: Harden, his foot work and euro step are 2nd to none
Better overall: two years ago I would have said Gordon but now I have to say Harden

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Athletically its not a push,

Athletically its not a push, Gordon is obviously the better athlete.

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Don't ask for opinions if

Don't ask for opinions if you're not willing to hear both sides.

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Better Scorer: Harden Better

Better Scorer: Harden

Better Shooter: Gordon, slightly.

Better Passer: Harden, by a lot.

Better Defender: Gordon

Better Athlete: Gordon, Harden is very deceptively athletic though.

Better Clutch Player: Harden

Better at getting to the rim: Harden, awesome footwork.

Better Overall? Harden

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Here is another important

Here is another important cat:

Games played (staying healthy / injury free) +1 Harden

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James Harden has moved ahead

James Harden has moved ahead of Eric Gordon, mainly due to the fact that Gordon has been traded to a young rebuilding team and he's working himself back from a knee injury.

Scoring - I'd go with Harden, but it's close. He has more size, plus he has a better mid-range game. Gordon's mid-range game is still developing, so he's still either a long jumper or a drive to the rim.

Shooting - Gordon, but it's close. Neither guy is an elite level shooter.

Passing - Harden has developed quicker as a playmaker. Gordon missing on court playing time has hurt his progress, which sucks because he was really showing progress his last season with the Clippers.

Defender - Gordon is a much better on ball defender, but both players fall asleep playing off of the ball.

Athlete - Gordon, despite the fact he's still working his way back from a knee injury. The difference is Gordon's first step quickness and explosiveness.

Clutch - Push. Both guys don't shy away from shots when the game is on the line and can close out a game.

Getting to the Rim - Push. Both players can get to the rim, but they do it differently. I just think Harden is more crafty drawing fouls.

Overall - Harden. First, he's been able to stay healthy. I think he's a more complete player offensively at this point, especially considering he's developing faster as a playmaker. He's also a better rebounder.

Harden is better for now, but I think Gordon can close the gap if he can get and STAY healthy.

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Better Scorer: Harden Better

Better Scorer: Harden

Better Shooter: Gordon

Better Passer: Harden

Better Defender: Harden

Better Athlete: Gordon

Better Clutch Player: Harden

Better at getting to the rim: Harden

Better Overall? Harden

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How are we even talking about

How are we even talking about Gordon? The guy can't play 40 games in a season .

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