“Harden’s move could be positive for growth, but it could also be negative”
Paul George (Clippers) released an interview with Draymond Green (Houston) on his personal podcast on Wednesday.
It was an interesting encounter. George is a veteran wing resource from the 2010 draft. An eight-time All-Star and a proven offensive player. Green, on the other hand, is an up-and-coming guard from the 2002 draft. The second overall pick in the 안전놀이터 2021 draft is still adjusting to the NBA.
The two players spoke at length. Most interestingly, they discussed the James Harden (Philadelphia) rumors. George, the veteran, and Green, the up-and-comer, both agreed at the same time that a Harden move could be a hindrance to Green’s development.
George said, “There are rumors that James Harden is moving to Houston, where you play. You’re the king of Houston at this point. You have to deal with double teams and triple teams, and if Harden comes in, you can learn from him and grow, but if Harden comes in with a lot of ball possession time, it could definitely hinder your growth.”
Green responded, “I totally agree. It can go both ways. It can help or hinder. It can help or it can hinder growth. You’re absolutely right.”
Harden, who plays in Philadelphia, is a veteran scoring guard with a very high time of possession. He’s been focusing on assists this season. His time of possession hasn’t changed.
In this situation, if Harden moves to Houston, Green will no longer be the primary ball-handler. Green averaged 22.1 points and 3.7 assists last season, up five points from his rookie season. That’s because he was guaranteed a lot of ball possession time. It’s hard to imagine the same environment if Harden arrives.
“I haven’t had a long conversation with Harden about the Houston rumors yet,” Green said.
If Harden does end up in Houston, it will likely have a huge impact on Green’s development.