【Guide】News from March 6, Throughout the ages, a major criterion for measuring superstars is the ability of individual players to attack.
Tackling ability, the ability to use a single hit to break through an opponent’s defense, symbolizes whether a player is worthy of the praise of a superstar.
Measured from this perspective, James Harden this season is definitely a superstar.
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In fact, Harden has shown good singles ability when he played the Super Sixth Man in the Thunder, but his limelight was overshadowed by Durant and Weiss, who are better at singles. In the Thunder, he used pick-and-roll more to display
Eurostep, long shot and organization.
After joining the Rockets and becoming the team’s number one core, Harden’s singles talent was completely released. His singles ability gradually improved, coupled with the improvement of step-back jumpers, Harden is now the top singles player.
Last season, Harden’s singles percentage was as high as 23.5%. He scored 0.944 points per round. With the highest singles percentage in the league, his singles efficiency was better than 80% of the league’s players.
In fact, Harden’s direct finishing ability was not very good at that time. His shooting percentage was only a little over 35%, but with his excellent ability to make free throws, he could still contribute close to 1 point in singles per round.
This season, with the improvement of his ability, the proportion of Harden’s singles and his confidence have also increased. His singles proportion has increased to 25.9%, which is tied with LeBron for the highest in the league.
At the same time, his singles efficiency skyrocketed, his singles shooting percentage increased to 42.9%, and he scored 1.067 points per round.
What kind of concept is this?
Among players who have played at least 80 isolation rounds, Harden’s points per round are only slightly lower than Durant and Irving.
Compared with Durant, his singles hit rate and free throw percentage are not as good as the opponent’s, but his turnover rate is only 8.1%, which is far lower than Durant’s 13.6%.
Compared with Irving, Harden’s shooting percentage is slightly lower, but he is more capable of making free throws.
In the past, the singles rankings and efficiency rankings were basically controlled by Kobe, LeBron, and Anthony, but this season, Harden has left these superstars behind.
This season, LeBron’s singles efficiency has declined, scoring only 0.956 points per round, and his shooting percentage is only 41.7%. Both statistics are not as good as Harden.
Anthony also scored just 0.95 points per possession on 42.9 percent shooting.
As for Kobe, who frequently accounted for more than 30% of singles at his peak and ranked first in the singles scoring list for several consecutive years, due to three serious injuries, Kobe is no longer as brave as he used to be. He only played 35 games this season, but
The number of singles has reached 192, but his efficiency is really not high, scoring only 0.833 points per round, and his shooting rate is 34.8%.