Iceberg Slim wrote:So lets not confuse the point, because I don't agree with you. He's not a SUPERstar. I count only 6 of those in the league. But he's the definition of a "star". Averaging just under 26, 6 and 5, with a max contract, main option on your team, and a 2013 all-star selection (not given off of popularity) speaks to that. He has some holes in his game, sure. But it's ok to give a dude props. He's a hooper. And he's only going to get better from here probably. [/i]
i guess i don't see how it's ok to treat him with kid gloves and also call him a franchise player. it's one or the other, imo. role players and substars get kid gloves. harden hasn't delivered at all in the postseason, imo. and he totally wet himself in the finals last year as a third option.
and none of this speaks to my general point: he'd look rather pedestrian without the preferential treatment he gets from the refs. again, joe johnson was a better player at the same stage, imo. in his first year in atlanta, he went for 20/7/4 while being a better defensive player and actually having to earn his points. i'm just trying to keep things in perspective.