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James Harden Thinks He Will Get Back To Being A Top-Tier Player: "Last Two Years, I've Been Dealing With Some Hamstring Issues... I'm Taking This Summer As An Opportunity To Make Sure That I Get Back To The Elite Level That I Know I Can Be At."

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James Harden

James Harden has had a solid 2021-22 season, averaging 22.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, and 10.3 APG during his time with the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. Those are good numbers, but his scoring is clearly not where it used to be during his time with the Houston Rockets, and he was notably very inefficient with the 76ers, only shooting 40.2% from the field and 32.6% from beyond the arc.

Despite the struggles that he has endured this year, it seems as though James Harden does believe that he can get back to being a top-tier player. When speaking to Adrienne Faurotte of Haute Time, Harden pointed out that he's been dealing with some hamstring issues", and added that he is using the offseason to "get back to the elite level" he knows he can be at.

“I’ve had the luxury of not having to deal with any serious injuries — with surgeries or whatnot — my entire career. But these last two years, I’ve been dealing with some hamstring issues, which are nothing to play with. So I’m taking this summer as an opportunity to do something for me, to make sure that I get back to the elite level that I know I can be at and that I will be at,” he vows. “So that’s priority No. 1. Basketball is the engine that drives everything — for us to be having this conversation, all the partners that I have, and the great things that I have going on outside of basketball — so I’ve got to make sure that’s on point.”

Hopefully, we do see James Harden get back to being that top-tier guard that we have seen in the past. Hamstring injuries certainly can hamper an athlete for a long time.

James Harden has definitely become more of a playmaker in recent years, but the Philadelphia 76ers will need him to run the offense and find ways to score at the same time. While some people believe that Father Time has caught James Harden, he seems to be confident in his ability to return to being an elite guard, and we'll have to wait to see if he's able to do so.