Rockets’ Daryl Morey says James Harden could be the GOAT on offense
On Thursday night, Houston Rockets superstar James Harden led his team to an incredible victory against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The reigning MVP dropped 44 huge points in the overtime win, including a game-winning 3-pointer at the end of the extra period.
Harden’s amazing performance left casual basketball fans and analysts alike in awe, but perhaps none more than Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. The 46-year-old team executive was so impressed with his cornerstone star that he went as far as claiming that in his mind, Harden is the GOAT on offense:
“You could argue for him as the best offensive player of all time,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “To be able to say that with a straight face, and not have it be GM speak or coachspeak, is pretty amazing. There’s a whole bunch of ways to measure it, but he’s for sure in the conversation as the greatest offensive player ever.”
There is certainly bias involved here, but Morey does make some sense here. Critics might claim that Harden may not be the absolute best offensive player of all time, but perhaps very few can argue that he, at the very least, should be in the conversation.
The reigning MVP is currently making a strong case for back-to-back MVP awards, as Harden is currently averaging a league-leading 33.6 points (on 44.0 percent shooting), 4.8 3-pointers (on 38.9 percent shooting), 5.9 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 2.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 37.1 minutes of action.
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