The Ringer: Harden the Top Scorer in the NBA

Via the Ringer - Give it up for one of the game’s great innovators. Harden lives in the lab, in the sense that his increasingly isolated game seeks to control for all variables. By waving off traditional ball screens, he limited the defense’s ability to bring another defender his way. With an unprecedented focus on the stepback 3, he rendered most help defense irrelevant and tilted the balance in his favor. Any player can work on their moves. What Harden has done is build skill upon skill to challenge the basis for offense as we know it. Why bother thinking three moves ahead when you can just flip over the chessboard...

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