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Jimmy Butler names Rockets’ James Harden as the ‘most unstoppable player’ in the NBA

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Miami Heat star wing Jimmy Butler sat down with The Players’ Tribune to discuss some of the “most unstoppable” players in NBA history. When presented with the question of the most unstoppable player in the NBA today, Butler unequivocally responded by naming Houston Rockets guard James Harden:

The guy is averaging 39-and-a-half points. In the streets, that’s 40. That’s James Harden. I mean, he’s a lefty. You want a mid-range pull-up, you want a floater, you want a layup, you want a dunk, you want a free throw.

He’s legendary for his step-back. You can say that it’s a travel, you can say it’s not a travel. Ref doesn’t call it, so I’m all for it. Find a way to stop it, travel or not.

That is pretty high praise coming from Butler, who has been named to an All-Defensive team four times in his career and is regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the game.

Harden has been a scoring enigma yet again for the Rockets this season just one year after he posted the highest scoring average (36.1) since Michael Jordan in 1987.

“The Beard” is averaging 37.9 points per game and is a master at using his dribble and body to get into the lane and create contact. Harden is averaging an absurd 14.2 free-throw attempts per game this season and converting at an 86 percent clip. That is 12 points per game right there.

Harden is one of the more creative dribblers and shot-makers in the history of the game, and he has a surprisingly quick step for someone with a physical frame.

All of these things help make him one of the most unguardable offensive forces that the NBA has ever seen.

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