James Harden: The NBA's most valuable offensive force | NBA on ESPN

  • Published on Jan 9, 2019
  • ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry examines Houston Rockets star James Harden's scoring dominance in his 2018-19 MVP encore performance. Whether it's his patented step-back jumper, or his recurring trips to the charity stripe, Harden continues to innovate modern offense, making him one of the NBA's most dominant offensive forces.
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  • ben lorrain
    ben lorrain 7 months ago

    James Harden is a bad person who is selfish, and good people hate selfish people.

  • wavetrend
    wavetrend 9 months ago

    you can argue that he's not most offensive player all time in NBA but his stats doesn't lie...and thats the truth.

  • MetalFace MovieReviews
    MetalFace MovieReviews 9 months ago

    Allowed to travel 😂 allowed to wreak havoc on these bunch of lames. Harden is the smoothest player in the NBA today if you don’t like his game it’s because he’s whooping your teams ass or you are a boring person

  • Goank MAHDI
    Goank MAHDI 9 months ago

    The narrator included Stephen curry with the likes of MJ AND WLIT smh. He ain't the best player in his team nor is he better than Kobe.

  • zim948
    zim948 9 months ago

    "But how does Harden get all of these stepbacks?" It's called traveling

  • Jesus Saldana
    Jesus Saldana 9 months ago +1

    Shooting .436 percent lol
    Best offense of player hell no !!!
    I don’t see the nba talking about his awful shooting percentage

  • dbritton89
    dbritton89 9 months ago

    He didnt say scorer he said OFFENSIVE. Offense is scoring and PASSING. Layups, free throws, mid range, 3 is all in Jhard's bag.

  • Jesse Houston713
    Jesse Houston713 9 months ago

    That weak step back by curry trying to emulate harden was a joke lmao

  • AdolphSaxOfficial
    AdolphSaxOfficial 9 months ago

    Hope he doesn't wear down for the playoffs.

  • MrOunce3
    MrOunce3 9 months ago

    When the media compliments guys like KD, Steph or Harden. It almost sounds like a back handed compliment. They will call these guys anything but the best. They stick with Lebron. Giving him a tittle he didnt rightfully even earn. Its just a cliche.

  • Terrance Jay
    Terrance Jay 9 months ago

    Just a thought: Imagine guys like prime Wade, Kobe, Tmac, AI playing right now in a game with much more pace, space, and shooters around in a pick n roll heavy league. It wouldn’t even be fair lol!!

  • DJ
    DJ 9 months ago

    What kind of hand shake was that Harden and Tucker?

  • miguel santana
    miguel santana 9 months ago

    Did they even take into accound his 30 free throws per game lmao

  • Terence Mac
    Terence Mac 9 months ago

    Harden will never win a championship

  • Andrew Daniels
    Andrew Daniels 9 months ago

    he's the best offensive player of all time though

    • Andrew Daniels
      Andrew Daniels 9 months ago

      MirTwizzTM yes he has elite handles if you don't see that you're biased, also if you know the rules of basketball you would know that 99 percent of his stepbacks aren't a travel, thirdly, harden led the league in assists before, kd hasnt, kd is playing in the golden state system with two of the best shooters of all time, which allows him to get more assists- shown how he wasn't getting as many assists as he is this year, and lastly, assists aren't the form of playmaking, watch a game and analyze it using actual sense please. so again, harden is elite at everything from ballhandling to scoring and playmaking. only other player to be close is steph curry #facts

    • YfnMirTM
      YfnMirTM 9 months ago

      Andrew Daniels Elite ? all the nigga does is dribble between his legs and hits a step back and most of them shits are travels and the nigga only average about 2 more assists 😂

    • Andrew Daniels
      Andrew Daniels 9 months ago

      MirTwizzTM i never said scorer i said offensive player which means everything on offense. and durant does not have elite ball handling or elite playmaking only elite scoring. harden has all three, try again

    • YfnMirTM
      YfnMirTM 9 months ago

      Andrew Daniels Lmaoo the nigga that has 4 scoring titles and the second youngest player to reach 20k points and the youngest to have a scoring title like I said he’s not the best scorer of this era let alone all time not even 😂😂 tf

    • Andrew Daniels
      Andrew Daniels 9 months ago

      MirTwizzTM name a player who got elite playmaking scoring and ball handling abilities in this era.

  • Shazamm the iPad Producer

    stop it the refs let this fool get away with murder

    • Jesse Houston713
      Jesse Houston713 9 months ago

      Did you watch the game against gsw? Refs did everything for them and they still lost lmao

  • Patrick Keith
    Patrick Keith 9 months ago

    When the playoffs come around we'll see if he worked on his stamina during the offseason. That's what has killed him in the past. His usage percentage is so high he wears out

  • Jaret Donald Patterson
    Jaret Donald Patterson 9 months ago

    Who tf is keeping track of specific types of threes? Step back, unassisted, assisted, and 1.... that's a lot of information to document for every single player in the NBA

  • Edward Bell - My Weight Loss Journey

    Greatest offensive force all-time? Not even close. Of this new era with no touch defense? Yes he can have that. If Harden played the 87 Pistons he would get punished. He would be more athletic and skilled but the brute physicality would be to much for him. Hand checking outside the 3 point line doesn't let you face the basket like today. Hahaha tick tack fouls to send him to the freethrow? First driving freely like today wouldn't exist. Nothing short of DDTs, suplexes, and gunshots would get you to the line against the 87 Pistons.

  • Alien Eater
    Alien Eater 9 months ago

    warriors fans especially snake would be jealous

  • Alexia Is On Fire
    Alexia Is On Fire 9 months ago

    Harden 🥰 he’s the best player

  • Brian Hawkins
    Brian Hawkins 9 months ago

    traveling bastard lol

  • Joey FL
    Joey FL 9 months ago

    this is a cheap shot video at harden. espn hates when shine is taken from lebron or curry.

  • Donald Pace
    Donald Pace 9 months ago

    The Harden Way...🚀🎭🚀🎭

  • Freddy Johnson
    Freddy Johnson 9 months ago

    Alright LA fans let him have it....

  • JMâgic TV
    JMâgic TV 9 months ago

    This is exactly why there should be an (OPY) Offensive Player Of The Year cause people think just cause you outscore the league you deserve to be MVP

  • Howard Davis
    Howard Davis 9 months ago

    The harden hate is too much for me 😔

  • Howard Davis
    Howard Davis 9 months ago

    I can't believe people really put curry over harden offensively

  • not2famous .m
    not2famous .m 9 months ago +3

    It shows that alot of yall didnt watch Harden before he got Mike D'antoni. Harden has been putting up huge numbers while leading his team to deep playoff success. Hes no doubt one of the greatest to ever do it

  • Local Chief
    Local Chief 9 months ago

    Harden has gotten to a level where he has mastered his offensive system and his skill are maximized within the system. Same thing that curry has done in GS. If you have ever watched someone score, score, and score on and endless consistent basis ie Michael Jordan, you can't help but compare Harden's display on the offensive end. What's scary is that people are not talking about how much his D has improved, his hands are crafty on the defensive end almost as they are on the offensive end. Steals, tipped passes, blocks. This guy is damn good. BBall fans appreciate this one

  • Joseph Santana
    Joseph Santana 9 months ago

    haters come cry in the comments

  • ctnative203
    ctnative203 9 months ago

    yea but hes trash in the playoffs every single year dumpster juice !

  • Devonte Johnson
    Devonte Johnson 9 months ago

    His stepback is a TRAVEL halfthe time that's why

  • Mike Brown
    Mike Brown 9 months ago


  • A I
    A I 9 months ago

    James Harden. The Flamethrower.

  • Wanderson Pain
    Wanderson Pain 9 months ago

    Hey Haters! Just Fear The Beard🤘


    Pfft no way. Harden is the most Overhyped and Overrated offensive force in NBA History. He's an Overrated soft stat padder who will never be better than MJ. He doesn't care about winning championships. As long as he's getting paid and playing he won't care. That's just reality.

    • ATL 1
      ATL 1 9 months ago

      When carrying your team means that you are padding your stats.

  • GrassyRhombus
    GrassyRhombus 9 months ago

    Most Traveling Player 🙄get this crap out if here

  • Levi G
    Levi G 9 months ago

    Can we stop hyping this failure up?? Cool, he's good in the regular season and he's NEVER this "offensive juggernaut" and "greatest offensive player of all time" when it counts most which is in the playoffs. It's the same story over and over. Fine, give the leagues greatest choke artist ever another MVP so we can disgrace this award even more. He's easily the most overrated player of all time

    • De Jun Gabriel
      De Jun Gabriel 9 months ago

      Sleazy Cleve first off bro u don't know me at all and just because I'm not a harden hater doesn't mean I don't know b ball and obviously u don't so someone that carried his team to the conference finals 2 times and been there altogether 4 is over hyped come on man u don't know b ball cause if he overhyped for just not making an NBA finals yet shit cp3 never even been to a conference final before he got to the rockets so if harden overhyped wat bout ad wat bout giannis wat bout Westbrook wat about um oh and the list goes on and on don't say he had a chance to beat warriors cause guess wat I still never seen any of those players you named win a ship by themselves and you a lie if u say they did and u know cp3 was hurt the last two games so all u trying say just sounds like hate to me you hater lol

    • De Jun Gabriel
      De Jun Gabriel 9 months ago

      And also its the media making that statement u idiot err body got they own opinion shit I think d wade is better than Kobe and mj but guess what my opinion just stop hating. The dude is good sorry if he not trash like you want him to be lol

    • De Jun Gabriel
      De Jun Gabriel 9 months ago

      Sleazy Cleve Idc wat u say u a hater if he was on yo fav team you'll love him period stop watching his videos or games wat ever leave it to us Houston fans u hater

    • Levi G
      Levi G 9 months ago

      @De Jun Gabriel come better and more prepared next time instead of name calling and acting like some knuckle dragging inner city thug, cuh. On deadlocs. Cause you making yourself look very bad and it's embarrassing. you're in over your head with someone who actually knows the game. And on your last comment, I was one of the two ppl to like your comment so you didn't look so bad cause you need support cause obviously you can't do it alone

    • Levi G
      Levi G 9 months ago

      @De Jun Gabriel De Jun Gabriel De Jun Gabriel De Jun Gabriel watch how I pick you apart. Why watch the video if I'm gonna hate? Cause if I'm being honest, the title triggered me. I've been watching this game since the early '90s and done even more research, and for ESPN of all platforms to say Harden is the NBA's most valuable offensive force is purely outrageous and just an attention getter. And blasphemous and almost sacrilegious. Lately ESPN and other sport outlets have been calling Harden the greatest offensive player of all time. And I'm just not having that disrespect, so I came to spread facts and knowledge on harden that you pussies would call "hating". If I'm a hater I'm a hater so be it, but as long as ppl know what a scrub this guy really is and how he's not even close to the best offensive player now nor EVER (that's putting him over Kobe, MJ, Wilt, Kareem, Hakeem, Bron, iverson, Shaq, Bird, Dirk, no just no, he's not even close). He'll never ever be either of those things, and is the most mentally weakest "superstar" (which I wouldn't call him a superstar but just a star) I've ever seen. They call him all these superlatives all season long and put him on a pedestal then when the lights shine brightest and the games matter most, Harden ALWAYS, ALWAYS disappears. Next, no, I would never ever want him on my team or my favorite team. I'll pass on him 10/10 times. Not everyone is dying for a lazy one dimensional player who don't show up in big moments, who doesn't play defense, and who without a great team around him would be trash, who leads the league year after year in turnovers, like naw man I'm good I'd rather have KWAME BROWN, or Scalabrine, or Rick Fox on my team then harden. for god sakes, Luka is better than him right now as a MF ROOKIE, dawg!!

  • willemdee
    willemdee 9 months ago +42

    Rockets would be a 12 seed if Harden doesn’t put the team on his back every game. MVP

    • Vendetta
      Vendetta 9 months ago

      A more dynamic AI.

    • Mark Zack
      Mark Zack 9 months ago

      Huh? What championship did his free throws cost? He actually won the 2016 championship by making a free throw to make it a 2 possession game

    • Fearbleeds
      Fearbleeds 9 months ago

      @Mark Zack he can't shoot free throws and that has cost him championship

    • Gemini
      Gemini 9 months ago

      LeGoat James yikes

    • Mark Zack
      Mark Zack 9 months ago

      and cavs are an even worse seed because lebron left. lebron is a better offensive player ESPECIALLY in the playoffs

  • steven whiters
    steven whiters 9 months ago

    If it wasn’t for bullshit analytics his game would be more respectable could play a more Versatile and efficient scorer

  • SuperTDSmith
    SuperTDSmith 9 months ago +2

    If Kobe and Jordan could travel and get 20 foul shots they would have more points

    • SuperTDSmith
      SuperTDSmith 9 months ago +1

      @Gemini when did i say it didnt?

    • Gemini
      Gemini 9 months ago +1

      SuperTDSmith foul shots results from people reaching in 90% of the time

    • SuperTDSmith
      SuperTDSmith 9 months ago +1

      @J M when did i type Kobe and Jordan never shot 20 free throws in a game?

    • SuperTDSmith
      SuperTDSmith 9 months ago +1

      @Gemini you cant do that in 1980 or 1990 or 2000 thats where jordan and kobe are from. and where did i type people reach?

    • J M
      J M 9 months ago

      @SuperTDSmith so Kobe and Jordan never shot 20 free throws in a game before?

  • Jan-Michael Vincent
    Jan-Michael Vincent 9 months ago +2

    Harden is averaging 42 points (!) per game since Chris Paul's injury. He is up to 33.6 for the season, on pace for the highest scoring average since Kobe Bryant in 2005-06. This is prime Michael Jordan territory.

    • Vendetta
      Vendetta 9 months ago

      Dont foul the guy. There were games wherein fouls where not called but most games it was. But you cannot deny greatness. Those step back 3's of more than four a game is out of this world.

    • Kai ThaGuy
      Kai ThaGuy 9 months ago

      Harden is doing amazing but lets roll it back on the prime Jordan territory lol.

    • Bandit 5k
      Bandit 5k 9 months ago

      Steven Lee not even close with 11 ft per game

  • JjanSen
    JjanSen 9 months ago +1

    Guess we all forgot about Kobe ???

  • Lxuis
    Lxuis 9 months ago

    (Most Valuable FT Shooter)* Correction.....

  • kc kc
    kc kc 9 months ago +42

    Once again ESPN takes a Lil cheap shot at Kobe, how u gonna name Jordan, wilt, and Steph curry as the greatest offensive players the game has seen and Skip right over Kobe Bryant? Y'all act like Kobe ain't the 3rd leading scorer in nba history, give Kobe his damn props the next time y'all wanna name off all time greats, especially when it comes to scoring it's mj and Kobe ain't nobody touching them two period!!!!!

    • Bosco Tung
      Bosco Tung 9 months ago

      ATL 1 can you share me the link to the statistic sir

    • kc kc
      kc kc 9 months ago

      @cbenji07 fuck ts% u guys sound like a bunch of stat nerds, y'all love to look at bull shit Numbers, the guy gets to the line 20 times a game that's why his true shooting is so damn high, Kobe ain't have to do that, Kobe killed u from the Field and not the free throw line, put some respect on the Mamba, top 2 offensive player of all time

    • cbenji07
      cbenji07 9 months ago

      @Benjamin Franklin Harden shoots way more 3s and at a better % than Kobe. If you compared their 2 Point % it's not even close. That's why Harden has a TS% of 60+% multiple seasons and Kobe never had one season his whole career of 60+% TS.

    • Ashley Parker #GoodHair
      Ashley Parker #GoodHair 9 months ago

      kc kc Wilt has more scoring titles than Kobe, penis brain.

    • Donald Pace
      Donald Pace 9 months ago

      Stop crying it is not sexy!

  • Dwight Yawg
    Dwight Yawg 9 months ago

    nowhere near the best offensive player in the (current) league

    • DREAD HEAD4747
      DREAD HEAD4747 9 months ago

      I'm pretty sure he's already dropped off your favorite team

  • Tua Tagovailoa
    Tua Tagovailoa 9 months ago

    The best clutch player I have seen in my lifetime

  • Pocheche Leche
    Pocheche Leche 9 months ago

    My man be shooting 40 shots and just make 14
    All he does is free throws
    He is inconsistent

    • Billy Ferguson
      Billy Ferguson 9 months ago

      Pocheche Leche 😂😂check the stats all of the them

  • the award winning sports channel

    Giannis is not close

  • Zion Williamson
    Zion Williamson 9 months ago +3

    He can't be stop

  • T.H.C The hilarious comedian

    Idk wat the media love affair is with james harden is but hes not offensively better than kd or curry and definitely not better than lebron hes a regular season stat stuffer where was the setbacks and free throw in game 7 last year

    • Chaitanya Lavu
      Chaitanya Lavu 9 months ago +1

      When did scoring points become stat stuffing?? Stay in your lane dipshit 😂

  • Tyrus
    Tyrus 9 months ago

    If I could shoot 27 free throws in one game and average 10+ during the season, I’d be an offensive force too.

  • Molly Qerim Rose
    Molly Qerim Rose 9 months ago

    The Raptors have picked him up when he was a free agent

  • Loc T
    Loc T 9 months ago +2

    Only lil kids who have just started watching NBA in the last 5 years think he's the best. Hell even the Lebron fans look down on these Harden fans.

    • DREAD HEAD4747
      DREAD HEAD4747 9 months ago

      Umm we can admit hardens flaws and idk who tf only been watching this sport for five years

  • Cardi B
    Cardi B 9 months ago

    Man I could shoot like him I would still be in the NBA

  • Mr. do it yourself
    Mr. do it yourself 9 months ago +12

    Harden is the best scorer in the NBA now

  • Tilted Jake
    Tilted Jake 9 months ago


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    Louie Marinda Jr. 9 months ago +1


  • Joe Colas
    Joe Colas 9 months ago