James Harden missed three points and the Rockets 111-112 were defeated by Thunder. So far, Harden's brilliant regular season tour of the 2018-19 season is over. He won 39 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in the closing battle. The data are still gorgeous, but the results are not perfect. Regardless of whether Harden can get MVP to achieve Lianzhuang, at least, Harden's performance in any season is MVP level, his performance is historical level. Most importantly, Harden's playing style this season has made him a pioneer in future basketball, which is more meaningful.
Compared with last season, the Rocket's performance has indeed declined, but the Rocket's decline has nothing to do with Harden's performance, simply because of injury, off-season referral is not good. The Rockets eventually won 53, thanks to Harden's MVP-level superb performance, in terms of personal performance, Harden even surpassed last season.
This season, Harden averaged 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 2 steals and 0.7 blocked shots, with a shooting percentage of 44.2% and a three-point shooting percentage of 36.8%, winning the second consecutive season. With an increase of 1.4 minutes in playing time, Harden maintained his consistent high efficiency, his real shooting percentage still reached 61.7%, and the player's efficiency value reached 30.6.
At the beginning of the season, the Rockets had a poor record, winning only four of the first 11 games, and Harden missed three games because of a strained left hamstring. By December, the Rockets had rebounded and won a wave of five consecutive wins, but then they lost seven games in nine games, with only 11 wins and 14 losses. At worst, the rocket fell to the bottom two.
Chris Paul was absent for a long time with a hamstring injury. Harden burst out with great fighting power, carrying the rocket step by step out of the abyss with outstanding personal performance. Among them, Paul, Clint-Capella, Eric Gordon and other core members have been knocked down by injuries. It is Harden who helped the rocket out of the predicament and ranked in the top four in the west. When he was present this season, the Rockets scored 116.2 points in the 100 rounds, winning 6.4 points. In the absence of Harden, the Rockets scored 106.4 points in the 100 rounds, although the defensive intensity improved, but the 100 rounds net victory score was less than 2.6 points.
In basketball, Harden scored 58 points, Knicks Harden scored 61 points plus 15 rebounds, Grizzlies scored 57 points, Warriors helped Rockets reverse overtime shooting to win three points, which can only be described as insanity. True, the Rockets didn't do as well as the Bucks in the end, but considering the difficulties the Rockets have experienced this season, the situation Harden is facing and his performance in it, he has even created more topics than Adeto Kunbo, and he is absolutely qualified to be elected MVP.
A brilliant season sets countless records
This season's regular season, Harden broke countless records, pick out some of the significant list, you can know that Harden's performance this season is legendary.
This season, Harden scored at least 30 points in 32 consecutive games until his 30 + trip to the Hawks on February 26, ranking second in history, behind Wilt Chamberlain.
On January 12, Harden hit 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in three quarters against the Cavaliers, and scored at least five three points in 12 consecutive games in a single game, setting a new record of his own. At the same time, it was the thirteenth time that Harden had scored at least 40 points in a single game, surpassing the team's record held by Moses Malone.
On April 1, Harden scored 50 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against King. He scored 50 points for the ninth time in the season. At the same time, it was his ninth time to cut 50 + triple-double in a single game. He was also the ninth player in history with 2,000 three-point hits in his career.
On April 4, Hayden became the third player in history to win at least 2700 points and 500 assists in a single season. After that, Harden won 30, 13 rebounds and 9 assists, which was at least 30 points in his 56th game of the season. He equalized Kobe Bryant and became the player with the most 30 + times in nearly 30 seasons. Today, Harden got 30 + again, and completed the surpass of Bryant. He also became the player with at least 2700 points plus 500 assists and 500 rebounds in the second season in history. Another player is Mike. Al-Jordan, he is also the first player who averaged at least 30 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in a single season after Jordan.
Harden has become the pioneer of basketball in the future
When it comes to Harden's offensive skills, many people disdain it and think that Harden is nothing more than a kaleidoscope of offensive skills. It is undeniable that Harden has brought those offensive skills to the extreme. He has led a trend and many players have begun to imitate his playing style.
This season, Harden attacked mainly by singles. 48.6% of his attacks chose face basket singles, and 22.1% chose to block and hold the ball. His singles scored 1.105 points per round. His singles are not only high frequency and efficient, but also rare singles monster in history.
In Harden's singles, he always has more retreat jump shots. This season, Harden made 222 retreat jump shots 575 times, of which 528 three-point shots were 205, with a hit rate of 38.8%. His three-point retreat has become his trademark.
Earlier, ESPN had interpreted Harden's backstep jump shot specifically through sports science. According to Second Spectrum, Harden's average backstep jump shot produced 6 feet of shooting space, equivalent to 1.8 meters. This kind of shot space is undoubtedly very considerable. When Harden shoots, the defender tries hard to reduce the space, but it is always too late.
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