The James Harden – Joel Embiid duo is starting to do some serious damage

Small flashback: back to overweight in December 2020 after asking for his departure from Houston, James Harden put up 44 points for his big comeback, on the Blazers floor. He would play two games of 34 and 33 points behind with impressive ease before finally being traded to the Nets shortly after.

More than ever, despite his poor form, one can believe that James Harden will remain a scorer at heart for the rest of his life and it will be difficult for him to chase this naturalness. A little over three years later, still on the Portland side, it’s clear that “The Beard” has progressed, and in the right direction.

The NBA’s leading passer is paired with its second leading scorer

Since arriving in Philadelphia, he hasn’t shot much since 2012, when he was the Thunder’s 6th man. Conversely, his ratio of assists to turnovers continues to improve. During Tyrese Maxey’s injury season, his role as creator was boosted, as it was again tonight with 14 offers for a perfectly controlled 105-95 victory and a 73rd career triple double in the end. Since the start of 2023, he has reached or surpassed 11 assists seven times in ten games, and is nearly the NBA’s leading passer with 11.2 assists per game, compared to Tyrese Haliburton’s 10.2.

“I’m just trying to make my teammates better”his reaction, when he was told he became the 23rd best passer in NBA history, surpassing Muggsy Bogues. With the amount of games I played, I was starting to get ahead of the players. It’s a small thing, but it’s fun to play and fulfill myself as one of the best creators and scorers in this league.

It is worth a new recognition from Joel Embiidleading scorer of the game of the night and spearhead of the Sixers, who knows how valuable the contribution of his teammate can be.

“I don’t want to get too much credit, because he has it all”said Joel Embiid this week. “He’s been amazing since he’s been in Philly, just making everyone’s job easier, including mine.”

All dreams are allowed

Joel Embiid finally thought he could hold his own another person to the Sixers, can take this team to the next level and aim for the NBA Finals. For his part, James Harden believes he has never had more chances to win an NBA title than this year. “He’s upstairs, that’s obvious” he replied to ESPN. “Our teams in OKC are very good. Also in Houston in 2018. But this team is clearly the one where I have the best chance to win. »

All is well between the two men from the City of Brotherly Love and the results are there to prove it.

“I always say, when you have two guys with a high basketball IQ, anything can work. He makes my life easier, I’m sure I would do the same for him, but we still have a long way to go. We know how much we are good and we will continue to improve.”continued Joel Embiid.

The next three games of Philadelphia will allow us to see more clearly about the ambitions of the franchise for the second half of the season because after the last trip to Sacramento this Saturday, there will be two shocks at home, against Brooklyn, 3rd in the East, and Denver, leader of the Western conference.

James Harden Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early p.d party Int bp CT Points
2009-10 GO ON 76 23 40.3 37.5 80.8 0.6 2.6 3.2 1.8 2.6 1.1 1.4 0.3 9.9
2010-11 GO ON 82 27 43.6 34.9 84.3 0.5 2.6 3.1 2.2 2.5 1.1 1.3 0.3 12.2
2011-12 GO ON 62 31 49.1 39.0 84.6 0.5 3.6 4.1 3.7 2.4 1.0 2.2 0.2 16.8
2012-13 HOO 78 38 43.8 36.8 85.1 0.8 4.1 4.9 5.8 2.3 1.8 3.8 0.5 25.9
2013-14 HOO 73 38 45.6 36.6 86.6 0.8 3.9 4.7 6.1 2.4 1.6 3.6 0.4 25.4
2014-15 HOO 81 37 44.0 37.5 86.8 0.9 4.7 5.7 7.0 2.6 1.9 4.0 0.7 27.4
2015-16 HOO 82 38 43.9 35.9 86.0 0.8 5.3 6.1 7.5 2.8 1.7 4.6 0.6 29.0
2016-17 HOO 81 36 44.0 34.7 84.7 1.2 7.0 8.1 11.2 2.7 1.5 5.7 0.5 29.1
2017-18 HOO 72 35 44.9 36.7 85.8 0.6 4.8 5.4 8.8 2.4 1.8 4.4 0.7 30.4
2018-19 HOO 78 37 44.2 36.8 87.9 0.9 5.8 6.6 7.5 3.1 2.0 5.0 0.7 36.1
2019-20 HOO 68 37 44.4 35.5 86.5 1.0 5.5 6.6 7.5 3.3 1.8 4.5 0.9 34.3
2020-21 * All Teams 44 37 46.6 36.2 86.1 0.8 7.1 7.9 10.8 2.3 1.2 4.0 0.8 24.6
2020-21 * BRK 36 37 47.1 36.6 85.6 0.8 7.7 8.5 10.9 2.4 1.3 4.0 0.8 24.6
2020-21 * HOO 8 36 44.4 34.7 88.3 0.6 4.5 5.1 10.4 1.8 0.9 4.3 0.8 24.8
2021-22 * All Teams 65 37 41.0 33.0 87.7 0.9 6.9 7.7 10.3 2.4 1.3 4.4 0.6 22.0
2021-22 * BRK 44 37 41.4 33.2 86.9 1.0 7.0 8.0 10.2 2.4 1.3 4.8 0.7 22.5
2021-22 * The PHL 21 38 40.2 32.6 89.2 0.6 6.5 7.1 10.5 2.3 1.2 3.4 0.2 21.1
2022-23 The PHL 29 37 44.5 38.2 87.1 0.6 5.8 6.3 11.1 2.1 1.3 3.5 0.6 21.7
Total 971 35 44.2 36.2 86.0 0.8 4.9 5.6 6.9 2.6 1.5 3.8 0.5 24.8

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