The James Harden experiment resulted in Brooklyn with out a lot success. Harden received numerous warmth for wanting to go away a scenario that wasn’t figuring out. Whereas chatting with Fox Sports activities in regards to the scenario, Harden spoke up for himself.
“Am I nonetheless the quitter?” Harden mentioned.
Harden needed to go away Brooklyn after not having the crew he needed to play with on the court docket. There have been accidents and Kyrie Irving not getting the COVID-19 vaccine value them numerous video games. When Harden mentioned desirous to depart, he additionally talked about that Kevin Durant needed to go away the Nets this summer season as nicely.
Harden is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and is paired with MVP candidate Joel Embiid. The crew fell within the second spherical of the playoffs final season to Miami within the Japanese Convention semifinals, however the 76ers (15-12) are again with a reinvigorated roster.
Harden returned to the Sixers’ lineup after an harm stored him out for a month, and he has been excellent. He’s averaging 22.3 factors, 12.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds per recreation for a crew that has gained three straight video games.
The crew will face off towards the road-challenged, Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors (14-15) at dwelling on Friday evening.
Joel Embiid and James Harden dynamic duo
The Philadelphia 76ers will get their first full season of James Harden and Joel Embiid collectively. These two gamers will be one of the best inside and outdoors punches within the league. Harden, obtained within the Ben Simmons commerce in February, is a former league MVP, and Embiid is a candidate who aspires to win one.
Within the final two video games, Harden has had over 15 assists in each contests, whereas Embiid scored 31 and 53. Over the past 4 video games, Embiid is averaging 40.3 ppg and 9.5 rpg. Throughout that stretch, they’re getting James’ 22.3 ppg and 12.5 apg. If they’ll maintain this up, they are going to be nearly unattainable to cease.
The crew is in fifth place within the Japanese Convention standings. They must transfer as much as at the very least fourth place to have home-court benefit in a first-round collection. The crew is just six video games out first place within the convention with greater than half of the season left.
Harden, 33, is a 10-time All-Star and a member of the NBA’s seventy fifth Anniversary crew. He has been each the MVP (in 2017-18) and the Sixth Man of the Yr (in 2011-12). He is led the league in scoring thrice and assists as soon as.