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Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 10:55 am  |  37 responses

James Harden Says He’s a Top-10 NBA Player


Kevin Durant opened up a can of worms this week by stating that James Harden is one of the L’s 10 best players (and, thereby, better than Dwyane Wade.) Harden, as one might expect, certainly doesn’t disagree with his friend and ex-teammate’s ranking. Per CSN Houston: “(Thursday) at Toyota Center, I asked both Dwight Howard and Harden himself for their take on the spat and where Harden belongs in the hierarchy of NBA elite. Both of them thought it was a legitimate beef – not some prank or fabricated debate to spur interest in any product or themselves. Harden’s response: ‘That’s how KD felt. He felt that way.’ Q: How do you feel? Are you a top10 player? Harden: ‘For sure. For sure. Last year, I had a chance to prove it. Kind of broke out of my shell a little bit.’ Howard’s response: ‘I think it’s real. What I told James is, stay away from it. We do our talking on the floor. We’ll play both those teams, and when we do, show them who’s the best shooting guard in the world.’ Q: What do you think? Do you think he’s a top 10 player? Howard: ‘No doubt. He has the ability to be one of the best shooting guards to ever play the game.’”

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  • bossShaw

    The real question is will Slam rank Harden top 10 or at least a head of Wade in the Slamtop50

  • Smits#45

    When Howard started his sentence with: “no doubt”, he already lost his credibility.

  • spit hot fiyah

    ahead of wade is my guess

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Well he already is at least in fantasy bball…

  • K_HOLIDAY

    (in no order) : Lebron, Durant, Westbrook, CP3, D-Rose, Tony Parker, Kobe, Melo, D-wade, Duncan, Rondo…. all guys I would still pick before Harden.

  • Daniel Noel

    damn! westbrook over harden? #disagree

  • Daniel Noel

    the question is can harden and howard become the next shaq/ kobe combo? are they capable of it?

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Why would you take Harden over Westbrook?

  • Daniel Noel

    imo, harden is a true leader on the court. he controls the floor better than westbrook. don’t get me wrong, i like westbrook, but his shot selection, AT TIMES, reminds me of jr smith lol. He toned it down last yr though

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Dont know if I agree with him being a “true leader.” In my opinion he does nothing on the court that says leader to me. He’s a great scorer but I dont think he’s a leader. Westbrook’s shot selection is bad at times, but he plays with energy and doesnt shy away from the moment. You cant teach that, and I’d rather have a guy like him on my team

  • Daniel Noel

    #toeachhisown

  • Daniel Noel

    doubt SLAM will put harden ahead of wade. dem tree rings on Wade’s hand is what separates them

  • overload

    #whyareyouusinghashtags

  • Dfrance

    #IClickedTheHashtagAndNothingHappened

  • spit hot fiyah

    the ranking is based on who will have the biggest impact on the upcoming season, not career achievements

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you realize James Harden was basically the worst defensive starting 2 guard in the league last year right? right?

  • Smits#45

    Kobe was better than Harden and Dwight Howard is not and (in my opinion) will never be as good as Shaq. On the other hand, these are different times, maybe they dont need to be as good as Kobe and Shaq to win a chip.

  • straight cake

    Harden is better than Parker and Westbrook. Harden took a Rockets team being a #1 option with no Bench to an 8th seed in the playoffs in the West.

  • straight cake

    Leadership develops overtime.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Lmao

  • K_HOLIDAY

    As should his place in the top 10. He’s got to show me more before I can place him there

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Love the Avatar!! Props

  • William

    lol when dwight started his sentence with “no doubt”? wow

  • K_HOLIDAY

    That’s an accomplishment?

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Thank you! Ppl see his scoring outburst and the fact that he’s the number one option now and automatically thrust him amount amongst the big dogs of the league. He’s a one way player that still has a ton to prove in my opinion

  • basketball knowledge

    Yes because he will be getting much better and the Rockets are a dark horse contender next season.

  • basketball knowledge

    Lebron gave him two of those rings…

  • DoyouReallyWantToHurt

    if he’s bad at defensive then could you beat him 1 on 1?

    let the fans play the nba players 1 on 1 then we’ll see whose the best basketball players in the world

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yes. Let’s judge NBA players based on their ability to guard assholes on the Internet. That’s genius.

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    definitely ahead if Wade can’t step up this upcoming season.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • Drig

    When did Harden suddenly have the ability to become one of the greatest shooting guards ever? I mean, am I missing something here? I’ve never seen Harden play above average D for atleast half a season……..

    He might be top 10 next season statistically but unless his D and post game improves, he’s not in the top 10.

  • Drig

    I’m assuming you meant for a game and not for the upcoming season……..If yes, then agreed. I’d also have Howard and Hibbert in there and remove either Kobe ( if this list is based on what you expect next season ) or Rose ( if this list was based on last season ).

  • Drig

    Statistically, Harden is gonna have a similar season while Wade might be asked to reduce the workload and manage minutes. Hence, Harden.

  • bball knowledge
  • grgeblck

    no doubt. but not yet.

  • bball knowledge
  • grgeblck

    wow, 4min and 37 sec of clip did convince me.

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