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Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by bratna8, Sep 9, 2019 at 1:38 PM.

  1. bratna8

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  2. Deuce

    Deuce Context & Nuance
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    Capela 56?

    SI didn't subscribe to the _holic newsletter I see.
     
  3. don grahamleone

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    I can't seem to think of 62 players I'd rather have on my team than Eric Gordon.
     
  4. baller4life315

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    Klay at 58?

    Riiiiiight.
     
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    NBA 2019/2020 Salary...

    140 - PJ Tucker
    85 - Eric Gordon
    70 - Clint Capela

    Each one is outperforming their salary...

    In Molly we trust! ... :)

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  6. don grahamleone

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    His face alone is top 58 in the league. What a likable looking fellow! Also, I'd guess his stare is the only asset he'll use to help the Warriors next year.

    [​IMG]
     
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    12 - Russell Westbrook
     
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    In before Harden at 8 or something stupid like that.
     
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    if Harden ain’t top 3 then this last is invalid and whoever made it should get checked for the blatant disrespect

    I better not see the likes of Giannis or AD ahead of Harden like a lot of these people love to do...that nonsense won’t fly...
     
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    Way too high tbh
     
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    Wow Harden and Westbrook not even ranked... ouch.
     
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    74 - PJ Tucker
    63 - Eric Gordon
    56 - Clint Capela
    12 - Westbrook
     
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    Butler better than Westbrook? No way.
     
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    Butler would have been 15-20 if he signed with the Rockets and Westbrook would have been in the top 10 if he was playing elsewhere...media conspiracy!!!
     
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    Coming in at number five....

    To carry a league-high usage rate while playing the second-most minutes in the league is a preposterous kind of workload. James Harden shouldered it impossibly well, producing (36.1 PPG, 7.5 APG, 6.6 RPG) in a way that no other player in the league could. Capacity is its own kind of skill. Only certain skill sets can scale up effectively, and only one like Harden’s could function at this ridiculous extreme.

    No player on this list could do more for an offense with less help. Where players like Giannis Antetokounmpo rely on the spacing created by others, Harden makes his own with a game-breaking step-back. Through that, Harden took more threes off the dribble last season than the next two highest-volume shooters combined, and hit an impressive 36% of those highly difficult shots. Where even Stephen Curry and LeBron James lean on their bigs as pick-and-roll partners, Harden can always fall back on the fact that he is literally the most dominant isolation player in the world. Basketball is a game of all sorts of complicated codependencies. Harden can choose to participate in them (as in a pick-and-roll with Clint Capela), but he doesn’t have to. Staring down a defender in a one-on-one situation at the top of the floor has become, in this specific instance, a perfectly viable system.

    Yet every system has its complications. Playing alongside Harden is technically quite easy but mentally a bit challenging. All you have to do as a role player is defend hard, crash the glass, and knock down the shots Harden creates. But all you get to do as a role player is defend hard, crash the glass, and knock down the shots Harden creates. Some players (like P.J. Tucker) are suited brilliantly for this. Others have fallen to passivity or grated under the framework. There will always be limits to what one player can do in those five. When a game starts to slip away, it can be hard not to dwell on those limits. It’s an odd dynamic. Harden can create an incredible amount of offense for his teammates, though in doing so, he deprives them of a certain authorship. So long as you’re contending—and Harden alone gets you close—maybe it doesn’t matter.

    But all this comes into play when evaluating Harden against Stephen Curry, specifically. It’s a matter of usage vs. ubiquity. Running an offense through Harden means allowing him to dominate the ball. Running an offense through Curry, on the other hand, means playing in the space he provides. Every second that Curry is on the floor, he is exacting a toll on the defense. That gives him a slightly wider sphere of influence than even Harden, and a game perfectly suited to playing alongside other superstars. In a league where aligning multiple star players is the clearest way to a title, having a game that allows for that kind of accommodation can mean everything.

    10. Damian Lillard
    9. Paul George
    8. Nikola Jokic
    7. Joel Embiid
    6. Anthony Davis
    5. James Harden
    4. Stephen Curry
    3. LeBron James
    2. Kawhi Leonard
    1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
     
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    Harden at 5, Freak at 1? Clown list bro
     
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    Harden at #5, and the Brick Freak at #1?!? Oh nah. Oh hell nah. This list is invalid. Toss it in the trash where it belongs. Burn it down. Somebody get me my lighter.

    the disrespect is getting outta hand now

    Who made this list? What’s his name? U don’t know basketball my guy.

    I see Brick Freak has replaced AD as the guy people are putting on a pedestal. It needs to stop...
     
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    Comic in historic proportions
     
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