James Harden is one of the best players on earth right now, as the Beard has established himself as one of the most talented scorers of this era. Harden has received a lot of praises and good comments for his offensive before ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith recently called him a ‘shameless’ scorer.
During Wednesday’s edition of First Take, Smith was discussing whether or not Harden deserved to be called the best shooter of his era. When Max Kellerman made the case for Kevin Durant as the greatest scorer of our era and Smith agreed with his claims, stating there was no better or more efficient scorer than Durantula.
However, he clarified that Harden isn’t afraid to go for those points, unlike his former teammate.
“While KD has not averaged at least 7 free throws a game in years, James Harden has averaged 11.3 and 11.7, so he gets to the free-throw line more. He wants to score more. KD can do that and he would do it more efficiently, the point is he doesn’t want to. In an era where regular season matters, and you’re talking about handing the ball to a dude and saying ‘take me there’, one element is your ability to do it, the other one is your willingness to do it. KD doesn’t want that, KD has told ‘I went to Golden State to play the right way’".
SAS then went on to point out the difference between Harden and Durant and several players in different eras when it comes to free-throws.
“James Harden is the most shameless scorer in maybe in NBA history. He doesn’t give a damn, he’s shameless when it comes to scoring. He don’t give a damn how he’ll get those points.”
Harden is indeed shameless when it comes to scoring. The Beard is not afraid to get those buckets and help his team no matter what. He’s been getting a lot of free throws in recent games, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for him.