abeer3 wrote:my expectations for harden were 25/5/5 on 45% shooting or less (numbers i've seen thrown around by others). the key beyond that is whether his team is winning with that production. those numbers aren't far off from what kevin martin did in his sacramento heyday or what joe johnson did in atlanta. were they considered superstars? no. were they worth 15 million per at the time? probably.
harden will be worth his contract for its entirety, barring injury. but max dollars doesn't = top tier player.
20 game sample now: 25/5/5 on 43% shooting thus far.
as for the the washington thing: i think i'm ok with them declining the deal. give beal a chance to work out; if he does, he's a better fit next to wall. if not, you haven't sunk 80 million into a player who doesn't mesh with your franchise player. i don't think harden would have made them a luxury tax worthy squad.
I don't buy that Harden is a franchise player or a superstar. He's shooting 25/5/5 with 43% but his number are highly inflated by his first 2 games, and Rockets fans dissected that you take those 2 games away and basically he's shooting under 40% with 20 ppg. His ISO rate is down from 50% in OKC to 25% in Houston, even though he ISO's much more in Houston. Doesn't seem like much of a superstar to me. I think he's more of a 2nd/3rd option on a good team, Rockets will probably need another real superstar to be a #1 option to be contenders, although that's only if Harden continues to improve and if Lin pans out.
And 25/5/5 with 4.2 TO a game, one of the worst Assist/TO ratio in the NBA, he's a actual real turnover machine this season.