If he didn't have to share ball handling duties and defer as much as he did last season, I think his efficiency would go up a bit.
That's, literally the opposite of how that works
The more shots you take, the less efficient you are. FGA and efficiency are inverse of each other
As evidenced by him being slightly more efficient than his average last year, but still well below league average. Plus his 3PA rate was the lowest its' been since 2012.
Well I don't think you're taking into account the style of play was different for him last season having to pick and choose his spots and deferring every other possession to Harden (my turn, your turn.)
If he's allowed to play more free-flowing and back to his high usage days ala OKC, I think his TS% could go up a bit.
He averaged 3.7 3PA's per game last year, it was only .4 shy of what he put up 2 years ago so you don't have to go back to 2012 unless your post was meant to come from a pedantic disposition.
I think with the right coaching system and him holding back from reducing his bad shot selection, I believe his numbers could go up. It's all hypothetical since certain things would have to go right.
His overall FG% was over 47% last year but I'm well aware of his TS% never being that great. He does a lot more on the court besides takes bad shots though.
Thanks for the FGA/efficiency inverse lesson. I look at style of play and him being able to revert back to a primary ball handler who wouldn't have to defer and pick his offensive spots more judiciously as him having a shot to be a bit more efficient.
And I like how you grazed past me saying hopefully he doesn't take more than 2 3PA's per game. As a 25% 3 point shooter last year, that alone could help his numbers improve.