Visual proof Michael Jordan was the anti-James Harden
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is undoubtedly one of the best offensive players in the NBA. His style of play is the perfect representation of how the game has transitioned to what it is today, with a huge emphasis on the 3-point shot.
In a piece about Michael Jordan’s scoring prowess for ESPN, Kirk Goldsberry vividly shows how His Airness was the anti-Harden when it comes to how they scored their points:
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) April 16, 2020
There are a lot of interesting facts in Goldsberry’s analysis, but the above shot chart pretty much sums it up. Basically, Jordan’s game could not be any more different than that of Harden simply because of how efficient the former was from mid-range. On the other hand, as depicted above, Harden basically lives outside the 3-point line when it comes to his jump shot of choice.
The article goes deep into why the writer believes that Jordan is the greatest scorer of all time, and not even Harden, who averaged a career-high 36.1 points per game last season, can match MJ’s one-of-a-kind talent level. This article highlighting Jordan’s mid-range mastery is a great precursor for the highly anticipated docuseries, “The Last Dance,” which begins Sunday.
The final takeaway here is that this is as much a compliment to Harden as it is for Jordan. For the Rockets’ former NBA MVP to be compared toe-to-toe against arguably the greatest player of all time is nothing short of high praise for Harden. Some have actually argued that Harden is the best scorer of all time, but whatever your take, it’s fascinating to see the big difference between these two legends.
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