Stephen A. takes James Harden over Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘any day of the week’ | First Take

  • Published on Jan 9, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith rattles off a list of reasons as to why he would take Houston Rockets star James Harden over Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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  • Dino11 Jones
    Dino11 Jones 28 days ago +1

    I’m sorry Stephan A but the greatest scorer is kd

  • Chan Soman Music
    Chan Soman Music Month ago +1

    max should stop talking basketball

  • A Soul
    A Soul Month ago +1

    Stephen Gay truly does not have taste in basketball

  • Inan Umut
    Inan Umut Month ago +1

    Giannis just smilin... 😂😂😂😂

  • Oscar Benito
    Oscar Benito Month ago

    Meanwhile harden just got offensive highlights 🤷🏽‍♂️

  • Oscar Benito
    Oscar Benito Month ago

    Gianis plays offense and defense

  • Gopi Nath
    Gopi Nath Month ago

    max go fuck you self

  • matko grčić
    matko grčić Month ago

    After porzingis and doncic predictions... S.A.Smiths opinion is not important. Like asking lavar ball what he thinks on estonian second bridge club league..... he is irrelavent

  • TheRealBandito
    TheRealBandito Month ago

    Who the hell is as good as shooter as Curry? Max sometimes says the dumbest shit in order to get a say in.

  • Djo Life
    Djo Life 2 months ago +1

    MOST UNASSISTED 3's in NBA History!

  • Djo Life
    Djo Life 2 months ago

    Once again Max is a fool.

  • Thunder Prodigy Boyz
    Thunder Prodigy Boyz 2 months ago

    March 33 2019 Giannis is starting to hit 3’s 😳😳😬😬

  • Adiss Barak
    Adiss Barak 2 months ago

    Harden is the best player in today’s league today

  • Isaac Rivera
    Isaac Rivera 2 months ago


  • Eric
    Eric 2 months ago

    2:36 Stephen A looks glitchy with two mouths

  • Jeremy James
    Jeremy James 2 months ago

    If the rockets were in the east they'd make the finals every year instead of Lebron with the cavs

  • Jeremy James
    Jeremy James 2 months ago

    Harden plays zero defense. Giannis for the win

  • Takis Tsaboukalis
    Takis Tsaboukalis 2 months ago


  • Christopher Chapman
    Christopher Chapman 2 months ago

    Harden can play 2 positions? Giannis can play 5. Harden is phenomenal offensively? Giannis is arguably as good offensively in a different way, but also dominates defensively. Harden could care less about defense.

  • Daniel Colon
    Daniel Colon 2 months ago

    I love how she throws the playoff jab at Harden near the end. It's a regular season award, the playoffs is its own thing. We could always bash another former MVP (cough) STEPH CURRY, on their clutch factor in the postseason but since he is surrounded by good players, no one will point out that he isn't clutch and can shrivel up when the moment gets bright. He gets shielded because he has Durant. Chris Paul doesn't hurt his hammy in the playoffs, the Rockets dethrone GS and are the NBA Champs. The Rockets have the only realistic chance to dethrone the Warriors. Harden was doing his thing before D'Antoni but now that he wants him to take more control of the offense, Harden is a bonafide scorer, but now he can assist out the wazoo. Chris Paul is a perfect compliment to Harden and needs to stay healthy to help Harden get a ring. If Paul is healthy, plus Capela and the crew, Rockets have the BEST chance to knock off the Warriors.

  • Ousman Diallo
    Ousman Diallo 2 months ago +1

    SAS always and I mean always HATE on AFRICAN PLAYERS and their teams he is SUPER jealous of those AFRICAN PLAYERS especially ANTETOKOUNPO. He trying to take away Gianni's trophy and give it to Harden just so Giannis won't be MVP and not because James deserve it more.

  • Nikitas Rasidakis
    Nikitas Rasidakis 2 months ago

    Giannis has one problem and that is his shouting but James harden can’t even play defense and that is half of basketball

  • Akhil Mathewkutty
    Akhil Mathewkutty 3 months ago

    Even though they don't show him as much ad I'd like but he deserves more

  • NoobsShadow
    NoobsShadow 3 months ago +1

    Not a Stephen A. fan but how he puts up with Kellerman I'll never know. I bet he's regretting running Skip off the network at this point.

  • Luckytron asmr LuckyFri

    Harden is shooting 39 % on difficult 3 pointers.

  • Joey Polish
    Joey Polish 3 months ago

    the white dude looks like hes gettin cancer and the black dude look like he gettin diabeetus.

  • shane o mac 1
    shane o mac 1 3 months ago

    Max will put you to sleep when he start talkin look at Stephen a Smith face

  • Max 117
    Max 117 3 months ago

    I LOVE the Bucks this year. I actually thought they were pretty good last year, it's just too bad they couldn't get farther in the playoffs but Middleton and Giannis were deadly together.

    BUT cmon now. Harden can carry your team single handedly, Giannis can't. People call him a choker in the playoffs but I believe 3 of his playoff eliminations came at the hands of the Warriors, once against the Spurs, I think the KD-Westbrook Thunder took him out one time, and then the Blazers with Aldridge and Lillard.

    So it's not like he's been losing to crap teams. Secondly, Giannis has no excuses now. He's got one of the best rosters in the league. Bucks better get to the conference finals or it's gonna look real bad.

    Giannis has a better team now than Harden ever did prior to last year, so lets so what he can do. Till, then... I'm going with Harden simply because he can single handedly keep you in a game and even win against incredibly tough opponents. We saw what he did to the Warriors alone this year...

    It speaks for itself.

  • Aaron Hamann
    Aaron Hamann 3 months ago

    Your wondering if Antanticupoos? 🤣🤣🤣 3:32

  • nanuliz
    nanuliz 3 months ago

    Giannis for life

  • Lei Yoh
    Lei Yoh 3 months ago

    AND! And... and James Harden can get 2 to 3 points just by sitting on the bench, too. No contest. lol

  • Roma’s tennis talk
    Roma’s tennis talk 3 months ago

    James Harden shooting 37.5% this season and 36.6% for his career with a 44.4% fg this reg season. Giannis 57.8% fg way more efficient. Also nowhere near as ball dominant as Harden. Wins and losses speak for themselves, bucks are first in the east for a reason. Giannis is the better player. And oh btw they’re stats are comparable, with harden taking easily 10-12 more field goals a game. Giannis is a better rebounder, rim protector, overall defender, still could work on his passing ability but could be on hardens level soon. Also, Harden chokes in playoffs and doesn’t get those bs foul calls in those situations like he does in reg season.

  • Tolis Shelby
    Tolis Shelby 3 months ago

    ah ah mad alert..

  • menyak01
    menyak01 3 months ago

    He travels, he flops. He can do it all!

  • TheRadFactor
    TheRadFactor 3 months ago

    Harden goes missing when it matters. So he is basically scoring instead of his teammates.

  • Jonah Scarlett
    Jonah Scarlett 3 months ago

    over Curry?

  • Huncho D Pete
    Huncho D Pete 3 months ago

    I’m taking prime wade over prime harden any day

  • Huncho D Pete
    Huncho D Pete 3 months ago

    Wade gets to the line 25 times the playoffs are rigged harden goes 27 times and he is just really good at getting to the line GTFOH

  • Hawwa.B
    Hawwa.B 3 months ago +1

    James Harden Shoots way to much that's why he averages so much.

  • WereBakedFreestyles
    WereBakedFreestyles 3 months ago

    What about PG13?

  • Paul Bagnoli
    Paul Bagnoli 3 months ago

    harden averages nearly 27 ppg during his stint with the rockets in the playoffs has he had some rough games in important spots yeah sure but giannis has never even been in those situations before so we cant just give him that

  • Vikes4Life
    Vikes4Life 3 months ago

    Giannis get a three point shot and ur the goat

  • Blizzard 5993
    Blizzard 5993 3 months ago

    As a "die hard newyork knicks fan" Stephen A should realise than Ntilikina kept Harden at 1-6, so there is an answer, and that's a sophomore who is not getting played a whole lot and showing little confidence

  • Trav Bro
    Trav Bro 3 months ago +1

    James harden is the most criticized player in the league 🚫🧢

  • noitrexe
    noitrexe 3 months ago

    I'd pick Harden over anyone besides LeBron and maybe Kd🚀

  • Nathan Gonzalez
    Nathan Gonzalez 3 months ago

    It hurts me to say this but Harden is playing so crazy right now his offensive game alone outweighs Greek Freaks overall game. Which is nothing against Giannis but Harden has carried that shit Houston team through the injuries.

  • Stan the Man
    Stan the Man 3 months ago

    13 year olds intentionally watching basketball for the first season in their life
    🤝 hating how well James Harden draws fouls
    29 year olds who miss the ‘90s when you could maul somebody on their way to the basket and not get called for a foul

  • Jason Au
    Jason Au 3 months ago

    Ray Allen shot 39% for a career and was considered the best 3 pt shooter of all time prior to the Steph era. Max trippin.

  • Xayen Brevard
    Xayen Brevard 3 months ago

    James harden is much better.

  • Mlg GameingExtream
    Mlg GameingExtream 3 months ago

    I’m taking giannis.why? Because he is a athletic freak that can get to the rim at will, with his wingspan and vertical he is a monster on D and plus he is much younger

  • PapiBlanco
    PapiBlanco 3 months ago

    He can also travel at will

  • Y M F
    Y M F 3 months ago

    Dude stop yelling.

  • Κωνσταντίνος Γεωργίου

    I just want to hear ONE TIME Stephen A. say something good about Giannis😂

  • Mr Hurt
    Mr Hurt 3 months ago +1

    Bucks are the best team in basketball right now and have been majority of the season so far. Who can argue???

  • Mr Hurt
    Mr Hurt 3 months ago +1

    Giannis all day.

  • mj
    mj 3 months ago

    Stephen a is a moron

  • Adam Valerino
    Adam Valerino 3 months ago

    My top 10 NBA players right now
    1. LeBron
    2. KD
    3. Kawahi
    4. Davis
    5. Steph
    6. Westbrook
    7. Antetokounmpo
    8. Harden
    9. Embiid
    10. Simmons

  • theo perry
    theo perry 3 months ago

    Max is a fool

  • C T
    C T 3 months ago

    Stephen, u picked the loser again. Bucks won !!!

  • Tom s
    Tom s 3 months ago

    Anybody can average 34 ppg when they are getting 30 shots a game, and the refs are letting you get 20 free throw attemps. Put damian lilard on the rockets and let him jack up shots and he'll easily put up 32+ppg in d'antoni's system. Not hard to find a scorer, especially someone who doesn't play defense.

  • Gualter gutierrez
    Gualter gutierrez 3 months ago

    stephen A : 1 of 10 on the last nba finals predictions and still yelling like that is going to make him have a point...

  • Leroy Jenkins
    Leroy Jenkins 4 months ago

    If I was starting a franchise the Greek freak
    If I was running a team that already has somewhat of a future definitely harden
    Harden is a better player than Giannis but Giannis is a unicorn
    As a team that needs a maybe 5 years to build, Giannis will be in his prime when we’re ready to make a title run

  • charan balakkumar
    charan balakkumar 4 months ago

    Harden is going to be the GOAT.

  • ZeneX
    ZeneX 4 months ago

    Max Kellerman gives me autism

  • MrKGatl
    MrKGatl 4 months ago +2

    Maybe Giannis needs to learn how to get 10 unearned free throws from flopping a game.

  • Frank Watson
    Frank Watson 4 months ago

    I think my ears are bleeding. Note: Never use headphones when watching a video with Stephen A in it.

  • alex lopez
    alex lopez 4 months ago

    Dude is best around in our time once he gets that shot down. And he will. Hopefully he still with the Deer

  • alex lopez
    alex lopez 4 months ago

    Giannis has equal handles and passing. He actually plays defense though

  • Kyle Austria
    Kyle Austria 4 months ago

    Max forgetting harden mchale. Harden bikkerstaff lol harden 2015 max he went up against gsw should been mvp of league, everybody wanna say harden is better because of dantoni. NO! Harden been ballin ever since he went to houston

  • Anthony Singletary
    Anthony Singletary 4 months ago

    Yo im so disappointed greek freak way better then james garbage

  • young buckets
    young buckets 4 months ago

    thank you Stephen A he's been doing this

  • Darth Baylen
    Darth Baylen 4 months ago

    max kellerman is nut's go kill your self m8 you will make humanity big favor! tarded MVB!you are comparing a legit 2 times MVP playerr with a nobody still yet antetokoumpo who the only thing he accomplished is a shitty improved player! lol just go jump from everest or go stand in the highway and find the 1st truck and jump on the wheel''s tarded reporter

  • Jayvee Paguia
    Jayvee Paguia 4 months ago

    Max is trippin man. He relies too much on analytics 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Jayvee Paguia
    Jayvee Paguia 4 months ago

    I’ll take Harden over Giannis

  • Sotero Mares
    Sotero Mares 4 months ago

    Giannis has a better team than James Harden, but he isn't the better player. The easiest way to prove that is by asking yourself if Giannis could win games without Middleton, Brogdon, and Bledsoe. Then answer is NO. Anybody who says Giannis is better is just some salty fuckhead who is tired of seeing James Harden win.

  • rudy2fat
    rudy2fat 4 months ago

    Love Harden but his not a top 5 player. Top 10 for sure.

  • Misael Gavia
    Misael Gavia 4 months ago

    Hi!!! To all the Harden haters!!! Specially you Max

  • Derp Lord
    Derp Lord 4 months ago

    Harden sucking some ref D to get those cheap non-fouls called and travelling every other shot. PFT

  • kf 3
    kf 3 4 months ago

    durant >>> harden scoring wise

  • Nenad Drobnjak
    Nenad Drobnjak 4 months ago

    These guys dont even think about what they are saying, its just about saying something....

  • Logan's forehead
    Logan's forehead 4 months ago

    Kellerman is something else man. He waffles pure shit

  • climaxdesigns
    climaxdesigns 4 months ago

    sigh i can't watch these two clowns scream at each other, the conversation minus the screaming would be great. yeah i get 'baber shop talk' but damn the baber shop dont be this loud

  • Neev Rathod
    Neev Rathod 4 months ago +3

    Harden has no help in his team if you take Giannis antetokoumpo out of bucks bucks still make the playoffs You take James harden out of rockets they will be 30 in the NBA

    • Hayden Johnson
      Hayden Johnson 3 months ago +1

      Neev Rathod You got it COMPLETELY backwards

  • Chris
    Chris 4 months ago

    When Greek Freak gets a consistent 3point shot he will be a beast and I'm not even a bucks fan shit !

  • Gorka Arzallus
    Gorka Arzallus 4 months ago

    This take is beyond bad. Giannis over Harden any day.

  • Adam Masters
    Adam Masters 4 months ago

    Did he just give Harden props because the refs baby his ass? The only reason Harden is unstoppable, is because he is allowed to travel, and no one is allowed to guard him.

  • Getmoneytay 30
    Getmoneytay 30 4 months ago

    Harden is a playoff team by himself ..Gianni’s can’t carry scrubs to the off sorry

  • Getmoneytay 30
    Getmoneytay 30 4 months ago

    Max hold this L smh..

  • darklord537
    darklord537 4 months ago +1

    This is hilarious

  • NSavvy
    NSavvy 4 months ago

    Harden is a great 3 point shooter. Curry obviously way better. But Harden is better than good at 3s.

  • anonymous
    anonymous 4 months ago +1

    I kno it's TV business and they have to disagree but Max is becoming a dumbass, I used to agree with him but he just be talking out his neck now..

  • Πανος Κεκελος

    harden puts 40 points but nooooo defense at all.

  • Pharaoh Elijah
    Pharaoh Elijah 4 months ago

    Lol anything short of making the nba finals is not playoff success Greek freak does more for his team than AD will

  • TJ The 90s KID
    TJ The 90s KID 4 months ago

    No Steven a smith, James harden is the most un-guardable player because of how biased the refs are when it comes to him. You can’t defense him without sending him to the line. We’ve seen what happens when the refs aren’t calling ghost fouls for him.

  • aaron berhane
    aaron berhane 4 months ago +1

    4:43 Someone please make Stephen A’s face into a meme 😂😂

  • yougoBoy
    yougoBoy 4 months ago

    Curry doesn’t play defense either..

  • ej arts
    ej arts 4 months ago

    11 percent on 3 points in a generation of shooting basketball.lmao and when did the bucks with him win anything, in the east.

  • RIFICA777
    RIFICA777 4 months ago

    Kellerman doesnt know basketball? Is he more knowledgable on boxing since he was in Creed 2?

  • Woah Kenny!!
    Woah Kenny!! 4 months ago

    😂😂😂😂Max said Timeout

  • Mike Pollak
    Mike Pollak 4 months ago

    Its just cuz hes in milwaukee. Foreal no one ever gives anybody there enough atention. Even when they have been good, granted its been a wile, but people dnt even watch whole games even now with all the hype. People like S.A.S. Think they only need tk watch a few mins and theyre automatically experts cuz their so good at their job they must not need to watch as much as ur average person or even close to it. They only even just started nationally broadcasting the bucks like this yr.. hadnt had a game on christmas since 1970 somthin, whats that tell u, folks aint payin atention.