There’s no doubt that James Harden is one of the most proven players in the NBA.
Harden has been in the league since 2009 when he was drafted with the third overall selection in that year’s draft by the Thunder. Harden was one of the best prospects coming out of Arizona State, and he has lived up to every single expectation. The 10x All-Star and former MVP has accomplished nearly everything he could possibly hope to over the last 13 years but manage to win an NBA Championship, that could be coming very soon.
Even though Harden has yet to play a minute for the Sixers due to a nagging hamstring injury that dates back to prior to his departure in Brooklyn, for the first time in a long time he looks like he’s happy to be on a basketball court.
Since joining the team, Harden can be seen coaching his teammates up from the sideline, mainly the second-year sensation Tyrese Maxey. Over the two games since Harden’s arrival, Maxey, Joel Embiid, and Georges Niang have all spoken to his vocalness on the sideline, something that the Sixers need. For all that Embiid has accomplished, Harden has accomplished more and he especially relates to the guards on the team.
When leaving Houston, he stated that Philadelphia was his preferred destination which was confirmed in an interview after the blockbuster trade.
“Originally, when I was going through everything I was going through in Houston, Philly was my first choice. I don’t really want to get into the Brooklyn situation, but I just knew for a very long time that this was a good fit. You have the best big man in the league in Joel… I’m just happy and blessed that I’m here.”
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— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) February 14, 2022
Harden hasn’t played a minute with the Sixers so far, but his impact off the court has been strong. He has been a mentor to Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid even played with Harden’s signature step back.
goodness gracious Joel Embiid. Man turned a post up into a step back 3. pic.twitter.com/ttcJua71OI
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) February 18, 2022
The Sixers knew when they traded for James Harden that he would be a massive impact on the court and be an integral part of their offense. They knew he would be a spectacular fit with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, but Harden’s attitude has been a question mark. He has forced his way out of two teams over the last two years but by all accounts, it looks like Harden is being a model teammate thus far.
When Harden takes the court on Friday for the first time with the Sixers he will undoubtedly hear praise from the Philadelphia faithful and for good reason. The championship run will be back on!
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