LeBron James Is Better Than James Harden, Dwight Howard at Their Own Position

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Nov 12, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) is defended by Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Heat defeated the Rockets 113-110. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden is widely recognized as the best shooting guard in the NBA.

But LeBron James is the best overall, even at Harden’s own position.

Harden and the Houston Rockets play a different brand of basketball than the Miami Heat because Houston focuses on the run-and-gun style. The Heat, though not afraid to run, like to stress defense.

The Rockets score the third most points in the league.

But LeBron still averages more points per game than Harden.

Harden has the ball in his hands just as much as LeBron. LeBron averages 6.9 drives per game, Harden 6.7.

But LeBron kills Harden in field-goal percentages of those drives 65.2 percent to 47.9.

Harden averages more minutes.

LeBron averages six more passes per game.

And more assists.

And less turnovers. 

See what I’m getting at?

The best shooting guard in the league may not be the best shooting guard in the league, after all.

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