Long labeled a “ball stopper,” James Harden has really impressed me this year with how quickly he gets rid of the ball in the pick & roll as soon as he sees an open teammate on the weakside of the floor.
Harden is the craftiest player in the league at drawing fouls. There’s been too much focus on his foul-baiting on 3-pointers and not enough talk about this maneuver that drives defenders wild. Look how Harden sneaks his inside arm underneath the on-ball defender’s arm as he drives.
For more on Harden/Pick & Roll Passing/Getting Fouled:
-Getting Fouled 101: James Harden (LINK)
-Pick & Roll Passing (LINK)
-How the NBA’s Craftiest Players Draw Fouls (LINK)
-Houston Rockets Spread Pick & Roll (LINK)
-James Harden Untangles His Life and Game (LINK)
-Houston Rockets Version of 7 Seconds or Less (LINK)