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Do you think Harden will be average defender next year?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by True Rocket, Jul 28, 2014.

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Harden will be a ...

  1. Above average defender

    37 vote(s)
    10.5%
  2. Average defender

    128 vote(s)
    36.2%
  3. Below Average

    94 vote(s)
    26.6%
  4. Same Defense as last year

    95 vote(s)
    26.8%
  1. i meow a lot

    i meow a lot Member

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    o.o i wouldn't say rocket's championship hopes ride on solely just harden playing D...i mean he has to also perform well in the play offs too. the whole team has to come together for a dynasty to happen. no more iso ball.
     
  2. jank1434

    jank1434 Contributing Member

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    I am hoping that he is average, but I have no tangible reason to believe that he will have any significant improvement.

    It is just so frustrating because it is an effort issue on his end.
     
  3. mfastx

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    I thought Harden was a below average defender last season, but not as bad as his reputation suggests. He was good for two or three breakdowns a game, other than that he was okay.
     
  4. edwardc

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    He won't have to defend against the other teams best guy so he will still be the same.
     
  5. b2bizchina

    b2bizchina Member

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    Why r there always so ridiculous threads?
    Do u think u should eat foods ?
     
  6. treeman

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    His problem is not skill, it's effort. If he can be motivated - likely by an external source, be it getting a bad rep as a defender (already there) or having a good defensive coach riding his a$$ - then he can be an above average defender. When he actually put effort into it last season, he proved to be a perfectly capable defender. Of course, he rarely put any effort into it.

    It's an impossible question to answer at this point. The ability is there, the motivation is not. That is easily fixable (as opposed to lack of ability). It's also easy to continue to ignore as long as he is scoring like a maniac.
     
  7. J Sizzle

    J Sizzle Member

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    As bad as Harden is at putting effort on the defensive end, a new coach would most likely do wonders. Give him a coach with an actual defensive scheme for a change and I think he'd be fine.
     
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  8. JMAD21

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    He'll play average defense, but people won't consider him an average defender.
     
  9. jordnnnn

    jordnnnn Member

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    This is how I see it playing out. He will play better defense, but it will largely go unnoticed and overshadowed because of some bad defensive plays.
     
  10. NotChandlerParsons

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    He's a good defender. Probably won't make the team though.
     
  11. xrym

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    It is just not something that is in his mind. Hope his offense could leverage his poor defence.
     
  12. kjayp

    kjayp Contributing Member

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    I'm figurin that given the scrutiny his defense has received, I expect him to focus more often resulting in overall average defender...
     
  13. Roxoff

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    It's not like his defense could get worse. But I'm banking on his defense becoming above average.

    Now what I really want is for Harden to still shoot the ball, but for the ball to get passed around 4-5 times before he does.
     
  14. traveler

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    lol

    This. With the team as it stands now we will need Harden to play just as many minutes. Howard too.
     
  15. J Sizzle

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    Couldn't care less of some random fans don't notice it. If he improves and we see it, I'm happy.
     
  16. Dubious

    Dubious Contributing Member

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    He's a prideful guy and he heard the criticism, I think he will try to play better D.
    I'd have some small worry that if he does his offense will suffer. There is just so much energy you can expend; maybe he won't average over 35 minutes in the regular season.
     
  17. anchel

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    Will never be above average. Below average but respectable would be enough.
     
  18. rocketsballin

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    im gonna assume the coaching staff improves and puts emphasis on defense, so yeah he'll be an average defender.
     
  19. kingkingston

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    i expect him to be better, he said it was going to be his off season focus
     
  20. KePoW

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    I really wonder who voted "Above Average" lol
     

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