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Dwyane Wade tells James Harden to ‘go ahead and average 40’

Dwyane Wade, James Harden

James Harden continued his scoring explosion on Saturday night, scoring 49 points in a Houston Rockets win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. While he took a career-high 41 shots, it’s generally accepted as par for the course in Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense.

Harden is now averaging a whopping 39.5 points per game. No NBA player has averaged 40 points in an NBA season since Wilt Chamberlain accomplished the feat in the 1962-63 season (44.83).

Former NBA star Dwyane Wade was an accomplished scorer in his own right, and he’s encouraging Harden to go ahead and accomplish a scoring average of 40 points per game:

Whether you agree with the way Harden produces points, it’s hard to debate that it isn’t impressive. Yes, Harden averages a ton of shots and free throws per game. But if you have a talent such as Harden who uses basketball as math, it’s hard to deny him autonomy of the basketball court.

Sure, the way of the Warriors dynasty generates championships. Most teams ideally want their players to share the basketball and utilize teamwork. But what Harden is doing is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch. While he may never generate an NBA title, we may never see a scoring effort like Harden for another 50 years.

Dwyane Wade is stating for James Harden to go ahead and reach for the heights. He might as well, because if he doesn’t win an NBA title, he at least will be “30 for 30” material decades from now.

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