NBA – James Harden Excited to Join Clippers’ Talented Roster
A two-time NBA Finals MVP, a former regular season MVP, and a multiple All-Star, James Harden is joining the Clippers, a team already filled with talent.
Having played alongside Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Joel Embiid in his previous teams, Harden is now set to team up with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook, whom he previously played with in Oklahoma City and Houston.
Feeling limited in his former team, Harden emphasizes his role as a playmaker. He values having a coach who trusts and understands him, allowing him to contribute his insights on the court. He believes in his ability to adapt to any system and make a significant impact.
Harden, targeting his former coach Doc Rivers, hopes to find a similar connection with Tyronn Lue, someone who can communicate effectively, make adjustments during games, and work towards their shared goal. For him, it’s not just about scoring points; it’s about achieving success as a team.
Delighted to Reunite with Los Angeles and Russell Westbrook
During the 2019/20 season in Houston, Harden achieved remarkable scoring numbers, winning his third scoring title. However, he acknowledges that playing alongside so many stars in Los Angeles will make it challenging to replicate such individual success.
Nevertheless, Harden sees this unique opportunity as a perfect fit, especially with the presence of his longtime friend Russell Westbrook. Their relationship extends beyond basketball, and they both share a desire to prove themselves and achieve their goals together in Los Angeles.
Returning home to Los Angeles, Harden embraces the shared responsibilities within the team. He draws parallels to his time in Brooklyn, where he played alongside two other talented scorers. Harden feels confident in his scoring ability and his skills as a passer, believing that he can contribute to the team’s success.
Despite his confidence, Harden understands that he still has a lot to prove with his new team. His focus is on being a top player who can seamlessly integrate into any group and help them compete for a championship. Individual statistics are secondary to their collective goal, and he believes everyone on the team shares the same mindset.
James Harden’s Shooting Statistics Over the Years
2013-14 Season: Houston Rockets
In the 2013-14 season, James Harden played for the Houston Rockets. He appeared in 73 games, starting in 38 of them. His shooting percentages were impressive, with a field goal percentage of 45.6%, a three-point percentage of 36.6%, and a free throw percentage of 86.6%. Harden averaged 0.8 steals, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. He scored an average of 25.4 points per game.
2014-15 Season: Houston Rockets
Continuing his tenure with the Houston Rockets, Harden had another strong season in 2014-15. He played in 81 games, starting in 37 of them. Harden maintained his efficiency, shooting 44.0% from the field, 37.5% from beyond the arc, and 86.8% from the free throw line. He improved his performance in other areas as well, averaging 0.9 steals, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. Harden’s scoring average increased to 27.4 points per game.
2015-16 Season: Houston Rockets
During the 2015-16 season, Harden continued to excel as a member of the Houston Rockets. He played in all 82 games, starting in 38 of them. Harden showcased his shooting skills with a field goal percentage of 43.9%, a three-point percentage of 35.9%, and a free throw percentage of 86.0%. Additionally, he contributed 0.8 steals, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. Harden’s scoring average reached 29.0 points per game.
2016-17 Season: Houston Rockets
In the 2016-17 season, Harden’s consistency remained evident as he played in 81 games, starting in 36 of them. He maintained his shooting prowess with a field goal percentage of 44.0%, a three-point percentage of 34.7%, and a free throw percentage of 84.7%. Harden’s all-around game was on display, averaging 1.2 steals, 7.0 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per game. He continued to be a dominant scorer, averaging 29.1 points per game.
2017-18 Season: Houston Rockets
During the 2017-18 season, Harden’s exceptional performance earned him the prestigious MVP award. He played in 72 games, starting in 35 of them. Harden’s shooting percentages were impressive, with a field goal percentage of 44.9%, a three-point percentage of 36.7%, and a free throw percentage of 85.8%. He contributed 0.6 steals, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. Harden’s scoring average reached 30.4 points per game.
2018-19 Season: Houston Rockets
Continuing his success, Harden had another remarkable season in 2018-19. He played in 78 games, starting in 37 of them. Harden’s shooting percentages remained consistent, with a field goal percentage of 44.2%, a three-point percentage of 36.8%, and a free throw percentage of 87.9%. He showcased his versatility with 0.9 steals, 5.8 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. Harden’s scoring average reached an impressive 36.1 points per game.
2019-20 Season: Houston Rockets
In the 2019-20 season, Harden continued to be a force on the court for the Houston Rockets. He played in 68 games, starting in 37 of them. Harden maintained his shooting efficiency, with a field goal percentage of 44.4%, a three-point percentage of 35.5%, and a free throw percentage of 86.5%. He contributed 1.0 steals, 5.5 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. Harden’s scoring average reached 34.3 points per game.
2020-21 Season: All Teams
During the 2020-21 season, Harden played for multiple teams, including the Brooklyn Nets. He appeared in 44 games, starting in 37 of them. Harden’s shooting percentages were impressive, with a field goal percentage of 46.6%, a three-point percentage of 36.2%, and a free throw percentage of 86.1%. He showcased his all-around skills with 0.8 steals, 7.1 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game. Harden’s scoring average reached 24.6 points per game.
2020-21 Season: Brooklyn Nets
In his time with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2020-21 season, Harden played in 36 games, starting in 37 of them. He maintained his shooting efficiency, with a field goal percentage of 47.1%, a three-point percentage of 36.6%, and a free throw percentage of 85.6%. Harden contributed 0.8 steals, 7.7 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game. His scoring average reached 24.6 points per game.
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How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def = defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.