How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 9 seasons at Houston Rockets?

Moderators: zimpy27, KingDavid, jamaalstar21, infinite11285, BombsquadSammy, ken6199, Domejandro, bwgood77, Dirk

Drygon
Starter
Posts: 2,389
And1: 4,157
Joined: Dec 18, 2018

How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 9 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#1 » by Drygon » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:10 pm

During 2012, the Rockets got James Harden in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two 1st round picks & one 2nd rounder.

After 9 years in Houston, James Harden was traded to Brooklyn Nets few hours ago.

What's your take on his legacy at Houston Rockets? Here's what James Harden accomplishments there.

----

- Regular season: 29.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 7.7 APG on shooting splits 44.3/36.2/86.2 with 61.2 TS%

- Playoffs: 28.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 7.1 APG on shooting splits 42.1/32.4/87.1 with 57.8 TS%

- NBA Most Valuable Player (2018)

- 8× NBA All-Star (2013–2020)

- 6× All-NBA First Team (2014, 2015, 2017–2020)

- All-NBA Third Team (2013)

- 3× NBA scoring champion (2018–2020)

- NBA assists leader (2017)
Johnny Tomala
Pro Prospect
Posts: 844
And1: 657
Joined: May 04, 2017
     

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#2 » by Johnny Tomala » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:12 pm

Very good, he should have at least one more MVP (in 2017 definitely and you could argue 2015) and he should be on 2016 All-NBA third team. He always made a playoffs as a Rocket and took Warriors to 7 in 2018. He will be remembered fondly by Rockets fans.
Lakers LeBron
Junior
Posts: 464
And1: 1,098
Joined: Jun 27, 2018
 

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#3 » by Lakers LeBron » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:13 pm

A Chris Paul injury away from beating an unbeatable Warriors team
User avatar
Dupp
RealGM
Posts: 107,144
And1: 59,883
Joined: Aug 16, 2009
Location: Billy Crystals lap
 

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#4 » by Dupp » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:13 pm

Great legacy boost. Had his playoff flops but In Reality he only had one title level cast and Paul got injured.
Neato wrote:I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone for being a neato
User avatar
xAIRNESSx
RealGM
Posts: 14,149
And1: 9,040
Joined: Jan 06, 2005
Location: Mississauga
       

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#5 » by xAIRNESSx » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:14 pm

One of the greatest scorers in NBA history.

Houston is where he got to spread his wings and go from 6th man to MVP.
Image
Statlanta
Lead Assistant
Posts: 5,904
And1: 4,189
Joined: Mar 06, 2016

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#6 » by Statlanta » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:15 pm

The 2nd most consistent player of the core 8(LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry).

Best offensive player of the OKC trio.

Most underrated of the core 8 because of playstyle.

Lottery player who got his way on his own team and now needs to change to win championships
picc
RealGM
Posts: 12,077
And1: 9,663
Joined: Apr 08, 2009
 

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#7 » by picc » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:16 pm

Positives:

- One of best regular season offensive players of all time
- Strip club shenanigans and stories were entertaining as hell

Negatives:

- Shrank if not quit multiple times in playoffs
- Flopping and ref-baiting made team unwatchable and unlikeable
- Tip of spear of whiny,bratty, entitled team culture that ran from the court into the front office
- Face of a team that bastardized the sport of basketball and was a blemish on the spirit of the game

I love John Wall and like Victor Oladipo so am glad I can now watch, enjoy, and possibly root for the Rockets again.
User avatar
pontius
Junior
Posts: 406
And1: 1,111
Joined: Feb 07, 2019

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#8 » by pontius » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:16 pm

One of the greatest scorers of all time. Deserved at least 1 more MVP. Fantastic regular season player. Playoff choker.
Tor_Raps
Head Coach
Posts: 7,432
And1: 10,262
Joined: Oct 14, 2018

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#9 » by Tor_Raps » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:20 pm

Pretty damn good. His teams always overperformed or did what they should have. Don't ever recall him losing in the playoffs to teams they were favored against. Not many could carry the load he had to all these years.
theforumblue
Sixth Man
Posts: 1,936
And1: 1,497
Joined: Feb 18, 2012

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#10 » by theforumblue » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:22 pm

loser who subverted in a big way how basketball should be played. wasted diverse aspects of his offensive talents to simply score a lot.
screw these absolute garbage refs
User avatar
levon
General Manager
Posts: 7,734
And1: 13,076
Joined: Aug 04, 2017

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#11 » by levon » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:24 pm

Great scorer, not a team player, few big playoff moments, 27 missed 3s in a chance to beat the most talented team ever (I know he didn't personally miss them all, but styles make fights).
TheHardenChoke
Junior
Posts: 308
And1: 423
Joined: Aug 06, 2020

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#12 » by TheHardenChoke » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:25 pm

As a loser and team cancer who made a mockery of the game of basketball by playing for weak fouls and hogging the ball.

Team killer
Swish1906
Assistant Coach
Posts: 3,867
And1: 5,942
Joined: Apr 09, 2019
 

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#13 » by Swish1906 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:26 pm

Image
User avatar
beeshma
Bench Warmer
Posts: 1,317
And1: 749
Joined: Mar 24, 2011

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#14 » by beeshma » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:27 pm

I will remember an endless carousel of coaches and star teammates.
scrabbarista
General Manager
Posts: 8,448
And1: 6,189
Joined: May 31, 2015
 

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#15 » by scrabbarista » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:30 pm

I'll remember him as the second best player in franchise history and an offensive juggernaut, but crucially lacking the elite-level character of guys like Duncan, Curry, and Lillard. Also, I'll remember that the league robbed him of a championship with crooked officiating in the 2018 WCF.
User avatar
Bum Adebayo
Assistant Coach
Posts: 3,770
And1: 1,556
Joined: Apr 28, 2016
 

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#16 » by Bum Adebayo » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:31 pm

At Houston: he did well with the poor teams he got handed.
Post Houston: a worse Durant that needs even a bigger super team to win it all.
jokeboy86
Analyst
Posts: 3,555
And1: 845
Joined: May 08, 2007

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#17 » by jokeboy86 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:31 pm

From a non-Rockets fan point of view, he's probably the 3nd greatest Rocket of all time. Although Yao/T-Mac were injured he did more than that duo ever did playoff-wise. He has to be ranked higher than popular role players like Horry, Cassell and Elie and Maxwell cause he was better. And Sampson got hurt and Drexler wasn't there long enough. He's not above Malone though.
thebigbird
Lead Assistant
Posts: 5,190
And1: 14,385
Joined: Jul 11, 2018
 

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#18 » by thebigbird » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:32 pm

A playoff choker who played a disgusting style of basketball.
scrabbarista
General Manager
Posts: 8,448
And1: 6,189
Joined: May 31, 2015
 

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 8 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#19 » by scrabbarista » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:35 pm

jokeboy86 wrote:From a non-Rockets fan point of view, he's probably the 3nd greatest Rocket of all time. Although Yao/T-Mac were injured he did more than that duo ever did playoff-wise. He has to be ranked higher than popular role players like Horry, Cassell and Elie and Maxwell cause he was better. And Sampson got hurt and Drexler wasn't there long enough. He's not above Malone though.


He's absolutely above Malone. Just my opinion, of course, but I'm speaking as someone who who was a Rockets fan for over 30 years until the day Morey signed with Philadelphia. Anyway, no one other than Malone is even remotely close. Maybe Rudy T., but you'd have to also include his coaching days, obviously, which I'm not.
sip
Junior
Posts: 395
And1: 338
Joined: Apr 14, 2009

Re: How will you remember James Harden's legacy in his 9 seasons at Houston Rockets? 

Post#20 » by sip » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:38 pm

As one of the greatest scorers of all time.

Sent from my SM-G988U using RealGM mobile app

Return to The General Board