Daryl Morey: James Harden could be ‘best offensive player of all time’
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey did not hold back in his praise of James Harden after yet another virtuoso performance Thursday night, arguing that the superstar could be the “best offensive player of all time.”
Harden, despite a relatively rough shooting night, scored 44 points in the Rockets’ 135-134 overtime road win over the Golden State Warriors, marking his fifth straight 40-plus-point game.
Harden again proved to be extremely clutch when it mattered most, as his 3-pointer tied the game late in regulation. Another cutthroat bomb from downtown late in overtime, with the Rockets down two, proved to be the game-winner.
44 PTS— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 4, 2019
Game-winner@JHarden13 extends his streak to NINE straight games with 35+PTS, 5+ AST!
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Despite having a front-row seat for Harden’s inexplicably hot stretch of late, it is clear Morey continues to be left blown away by the superstar’s on-court exploits. Further, the Rockets GM believes Harden is doing things offensively never before seen in the NBA.
“You could argue for him as the best offensive player of all time,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told ESPN, via Tim McMahon. “To be able to say that with a straight face, and not have it be GM speak or coachspeak, is pretty amazing. There’s a whole bunch of ways to measure it, but he’s for sure in the conversation as the greatest offensive player ever.
“… He’s at a level that almost nobody in NBA history has been at. We’re obviously focused on April and beyond, but it’s special to watch right now.”
Prior his heroics Thursday night, Harden was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month for his scorching-hot December.
RT to congratulate @JHarden13 on being named Western Conference Player of the Month!— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 3, 2019
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It was the sixth time Harden has earned the honor.