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Harden is the greatest "old" scorer ever

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by topfive, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. topfive

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    By "old" I mean by NBA player standards, and even then maybe "no longer young" is more accurate.

    Harden's phenomenal scoring gets a lot of press this year (some negative, of course, which is mind-boggling), but I don't think he gets near enough credit for being able to do what he's doing at the age of 30. Nobody has EVER done this in the NBA before.

    Here are the 20 greatest scoring seasons in league history, sorted by the age of the player that year:

    Age 30
    James Harden: 38.89


    Age 29
    James Harden: 36.13

    Wilt Chamberlain: 33.53

    Age 28:
    Wilt Chamberlain: 34.71
    Elgin Baylor: 33.99

    Age 27
    Wilt Chamberlain: 36.85
    Kobe Bryant: 35.40

    Age 26
    Wilt Chamberlain: 44.83
    Elgin Baylor: 34.77
    Michael Jordan: 33.57

    Age 25
    Wilt Chamberlain: 50.36

    Age 24
    Wilt Chamberlain: 37.60
    Michael Jordan: 34.98
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 34.84
    Tiny Archibald: 33.99

    Age 23
    Wilt Chamberlain: 38.39
    Michael Jordan: 37.09
    Bob McAdoo: 34.52
    Charlie Scott: 33.38

    Age 22
    Rick Barry: 35.58

    This is great for Rox fans, because it say Harden doesn't rely on youthful athleticism to get his points. Even at the end of his contract, Harden should still be among the league's better scorers.
     
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    Jesus Christ, the hyperboles up in dissss
     
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    Looks good to me top5.
     
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    No eyeroll on the planet big enough for you lately.
     
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    30 and pregnant, yet still averaging 40...amazing
     
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    Harden will score 41 PPG when he is 31.
     
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    A slightly different perspective: Here are those same guys who claim the 20 greatest scoring seasons in NBA history, listed by their best scoring season from age 30 on. That gap between #1 and #2 is huge.

    James Harden: 38.89
    Rick Barry: 30.6
    Michael Jordan: 30.4
    Kobe Bryant: 27.9
    Wilt Chamberlain: 27.3
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 26.2
    Elgin Baylor: 27.1
    Bob McAdoo: 15.0
    Tiny Archibald: 14.1
    Charlie Scott: 12.0
     
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    i can see him playing into his 40's for sure
     
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    Pretty amazing!
     
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    Harden will age well.
     
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    Cheating the game.
     
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    Kareem's #'s would have been much higher than they are if not for accepting a role with LAL.
     
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    So amazing that this thread might get bumped by @J.R. years from now.
     
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