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Would you rather have Harden, or the 04-05 McGrady?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by PigMiller, Dec 18, 2014.

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Harden or 04-05 McGrady?

  1. James Harden

    174 vote(s)
    69.0%
  2. 2004-05 Tracy McGrady

    78 vote(s)
    31.0%
  1. PigMiller

    PigMiller Member

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    Pretty simple poll...obviously completely hypothetical and pointless banter, but fun to think about.
     
  2. RMGEEGEE

    RMGEEGEE Contributing Member

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    Gonna be biased since we know the outcome of the latter.
     
  3. cml750

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    Wow, this will be lopsided. I wonder how tinman will vote???:grin:
     
  4. Junkyard_Dog

    Junkyard_Dog Member

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    Have to go Harden. I love TMac, but if he was in the situation Harden was this year I don't know if we are 19-5 right now
     
  5. onreego

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    Tracy would have been the one sidelined for 11 games.
     
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  6. Fyreball

    Fyreball Contributing Member

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    Harden's style of play is more consistent, and less reliant upon whether his jump shot is falling. T-Mac was awesome in his prime, but he still had games where he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, and he didn't get to the line with nearly as much regularity as Harden.
     
  7. b2bizchina

    b2bizchina Member

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    Why r there always stupid guys who like to discuss so-so topics? who is better than who?
    why do u guys to waste time on this?
     
  8. apollo33

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    I don't want a star with a body of glass
     
  9. PigMiller

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    Why did you waste time on your reply?
     
  10. steddinotayto

    steddinotayto Contributing Member

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    Who is better than whoM

    and to answer your asinine questions: it's discussion and it's not all that ridiculous. In fact, you just wasted your own time making that post.


    Back to the question at hand: Hard to say....even knowing how McGrady's tenure turned out, he was great for us early on. I think I have to go with Harden as it just feels like we're witnessing a progression of a great player while with McGrady we kinda already knew what we were getting.
     
  11. RocketsJumer

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    2005 TMac was really good but Harden is just as good right now.

    Gotta go Harden, but it's super close.

    2001-2004 TMac was otherworldly though. He was Lebron with KD's scoring mentality.
     
  12. Louka

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    if current Harden were taken back in time to the 04-05 season and our memories beyond that erased... I would have (unfortunately) preferred T-Mac by a slight margin
     
  13. thedude077

    thedude077 Member

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    Why not both?
     
  14. delishman

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    Tough... That second half of 04-05 T-Mac was playing Orlando style. That is seriously what I keep thinking of when I see Harden this year. Watching a guy and you have supreme confidence that he is going to make it.

    I'll give Harden the edge though because I watched the game last night.
     
  15. underrated015

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    04/05 tmac was really good which equals hardens play right now. I'll wait to the playoffs to make my choice.tmac put up some crazy numbers in the playoffs, I want to see harden do the same thing.
     
  16. TheRealAllpro

    TheRealAllpro Morey only fan

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    Both...at the same time
     
  17. sugrlndkid

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    Should rename this thread to rather have Harden or 2002-2003 McGrady...That version of McGrady shouldve netted him an MVP. He was unstoppable.

    http://orlandomagicgreek.blogspot.com/2011/07/tracy-mcgrady-should-have-won-mvp-of.html
     
  18. OlajuwonFan81

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    Peak T-Mac>Peak Harden.

    It is what it is...and yes I know Harden is having an MVP type season.
     
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  19. gmoney411

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    Harden but if you had said 02-03 McGrady I would have would have thought much harder.
     
  20. CDrex

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    It partially depends on what fine print you add with respect to injuries.

    The signs were already there with McGrady who had just come off an escalating sequence where by year he missed 1 game, 3 games, 5 games, 6 games, 7 games, and 15 games. Harden has missed the occasional game to this point in his career but I think most would call him "durable".

    But even assuming health for both, I think James is a more valuable player. Gets to the line more. Projects as a better three-point shooter although this year he's pretty much equivalent to McGrady. Harden's vastly more active on defense, even if he has a few more mental screw-ups.

    McGrady's primary advantage over Harden is that he took care of the ball much better. He maintained the same primary role in the offense usage-wise, but Harden has half again as many turnovers per touch.

    Both guys have the clutch gene for damn sure.
     

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