Can we now all agree that Dwight Howard and James Harden are overrated

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The Los Angeles Clippers proved that their dominate Game 3 performance was not a fluke by taking the Houston Rockets behind the woodshed for Game 4. The Clippers have shown this series that they are the better team in every phase of the game. But what this series has shown me is something that I already ready knew before the playoffs even started. Dwight Howard and James Harden, who are the cornerstones for the Rockets are very overrated. The problem is that many people consider these two as franchise players, but they couldn’t be more wrong.

 

So I ask you all, can we agree that Howard and Harden are two of the most overrated players in the NBA?

 

Ever since he decided to leave Orlando, Howard has shown how overrated he is. Howard dominates against players that are half his size and who he can push around. But when goes up against guys like DeAndre Jordan who is around the same size as him, he can’t use his size to his advantage which limits what he can do. As I watched this series, Howard has been frustrated and it has been pretty clear that he has been out played by Jordan. If you don’t have a dominate post player in the playoffs, it will be hard for you to a championship. Howard’s performance in the series tells me that he will never take that next step to become an elite big man.

 

For Harden, his game is so simple it’s not even funny. Harden is left-handed so naturally, he likes to be on that side of the court when he wants to score. I was so frustrated with Matt Barnes during Game 2 because he wouldn’t force Harden to go right at any point. If you take the left side away from him, the only thing he will do is drive to the paint and try to draw a foul. One main concern with Harden is in order for him to have a big game, he needs to shoot ten or more free throws. If he can’t get to the line, he is not that effective when it comes to scoring. I only seen one guy defend Harden the correct way and that was LeBron James. Now I know many are going to say that Harden finished second in the MVP voting, but that stuff doesn’t matter to me. Teams don’t play defense with the same intensity and focus during the regular season like they do in the playoffs.

 

I think that the Rockets organization have a lot to think about once this series is over. They thought that they had two guys that could get them a championship, but these two season have shown otherwise. Both players have a lot of abilities, but their weaknesses are too hard to ignore. If you don’t believe what I’m saying about these two, go back and watch all the games from this series and you will become a believer.

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