Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 4/25/13
James Harden is the Houston Rockets’ franchise player and the player that they will be building around for the next decade. That is without question, but he needs to be playing better, or more specifically, be shooting better. His numbers in the playoffs look flashy, 28 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game, but he is only shooting 35% from the field and 15% from three. The final 8 games of the regular season were not much better, as he shot only 39%, including 32.8% from three. His scoring numbers only look so impressive, because gets to the free throw line more than any player in the NBA and is excellent there, shooting 24-27, or 90%, so far in the playoffs. But the Rockets need Harden to shoot better from the floor and from three, as well as improve his playmaking, because the offense revolves around him and if he is not at the top of his game, they have no chance to beat a superior opponent. With all of the attention he receives, he should be able to find wide open shooter...
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