3. James Harden
James Harden is my all-time least favorite NBA player. I’m glad he was never on the Spurs, and there are literally dozens of reasons why he would never have been a good fit. Let’s start in 2018.
In the 2018 Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets had pushed the Golden State Warriors to seven games. Then they missed 27 three-pointers in a row, which seems almost impossible. I blame two people. James Harden, for shooting 2/13 in that game from deep, and Mike D’Antoni, for allowing that to happen. If you miss 10 threes, do you really need to take more, James?
James Harden also flops and scores way too many points on foul shots, which is irritating. He also took Manu Ginobili’s Eurostep and ruined it. Thanks, James.
James Harden does not care about winning. If he did, he would have won. I’m sorry, but if a talented player like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Russel Westbrook, Giannis, or James Harden wants to win, they eventually will. Harden has not won, which makes me question his drive.
James Harden also is an irresponsible teammate. I’m not one to judge players for most of their off-court activities and antics. I am also not a big fan of strip clubs. If you are, more power to you, I won’t judge.
But if your strip club habits affect your job performance, it might be time to reconsider your hobbies. James Harden does worse when he plays in cities with well-reviewed gentlemens’ clubs. This is perhaps my favorite NBA stat ever, just because of how absurd it is. Do you think Gregg Popovich would stand for this? No, because James Harden would not be a good Spur.
Also, he plays lackluster defense. Despite averaging a steal and a half over his career, his lack of hustle, close-outs, and general interest on the defensive side of the ball stand to reason that he is not a good defender. “Twice the offense, no defense,” remarked a fake version of Mike D’Antoni in Bleacher Report’s Game of Zones. It stands true for James Harden.
For my fellow Harden haters out there, I’ve spent hours over the years trying to find some sort of point to stick to, and I think I have. In the final minute of a game, James Harden has been blocked on a game-tying or go-ahead shot four different times by the Spurs. Manu Ginobili, Jakob Poeltl, Kawhi Leonard, and Tim Duncan can all make that claim.
I believe this is the most a single player has been blocked on those types of shots by a single team. So while the Spurs wouldn’t like James Harden, it stands to reason James Harden would not like the Spurs either.