Can James Harden bring the Houston Rockets to a title?
Mcgrady says the hopes of the Rockets rest on Harden and Russell Westbrook.
“They’ve got two guys you could put anywhere on earth, (even) on Mars, who can wake up out of bed and play basketball. These guys are just real hoops. Superstars need fans; they need that energy to come from the fans. Westbrook and Harden don’t need it. If they can stay healthy, the Rockets will be a very dangerous team, especially with this man (Harden) having four months of rest to rest.
Harden is an elite scorer and is on track to win a third consecutive title. However, his scoring rate has always dropped during the playoffs. These numbers are still respectable, but his FG has also fallen. Westbrook also struggled in the playoffs. His FG% hasn’t even reached 40% in the past three seasons.
If this backcourt of two former MVPs can reach their best form, it will be a scary sight for any team. Harden is not only one of the league’s top scorers, but he’s also one of the top playmakers. Westbrook also offers similar play and can grab some crucial rebounds as well. Coach Mike D’Antoni will capitalize on his small ball plan to work in Orlando and hope his superstars can deliver when it counts.