And his defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions, is also much improved. The worst defense in the last 10 years to win a championship was the 2017-18 Golden State Warriors, who ranked 11th in defensive rating. Yes, it's true that advanced statistics can sometimes be misleading and always need to be taken in context, but if you look at the names around him, it's clear that this figure -- opponent points per possession -- has done a fairly accurate job of labeling players who are generally considered to be good defenders. But now he's coming back from Achilles surgery and his mobility may be affected. Do you have a sports website? The acquisition of Adams comes after Derrick Favors left New Orleans in free agency for Utah, where he's spent much of his career. StatMuse: James Harden has a defensive rating of 108.3 in 2015-16, his highest in a season in his career. Harden 2013-14 : 11th It was said he once hit a fan waiting in line for a hot dog. You can't ignore positive momentum that strong. But they then locked down to have the best defense in the playoffs and they were also possibly the most talented offensive team ever. League average on unguarded catch-and-shoot is about 1.161 points per possession, so over the course of the season Harden's opponents might start to make more open shots, causing a dip in his defensive efficiency. Points Allowed Per 100 Poss. “Pitchers were expected to pitch nine innings back then – ‘Come on! THEORY 2: It's the team, mates Managers often had him warm up, and settle down, by tiring him out first. Some of this is by design, though. "We've changed how we pressure off the ball," says GM Daryl Morey. Harden 2014-15: 2.6. In fact, the Houston Rockets All-Star is currently leading the NBA in points per game with 34.4. God bless her soul – my sister. Harden also finished 7th in Defensive Loose Balls Recovered this season. Adams' extension is for $35 million, said a person familiar with the deal. Sixers are the better fit for Harden than the Nets originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. Harden Career: 2.4 Again, Harden often does a decent job at this, but the times he doesn't truly stand out. Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo more impressed with Heat extending Bam Adebayo now than waiting, Lavar Ball settles the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James GOAT debate, Pelicans acquire Adams as final piece of 4-team Holiday deal, What the committee got right, and wrong, in first CFP rankings. Harden's isolation defense has been elite -- he's in the 88th percentile, allowing 0.586 points per possession -- and that's partly due to the help he receives. Subscribe to Stathead , the set of tools used by the pros, to unearth this and other interesting factoids. There is no question they would be a good team with that offensive firepower, even if defense would be left to the supporting cast. Is it surprising that it started with a treadmill and the offer to fight Bob Sapp? With Harden, the Nets would form possibly the worst defensive backcourt in the league with him and Irving. And speaking of weaknesses ... Harden's effort on closeouts is ... not ideal. Can you name the 5 other NBA players that have had at least 1 50-point triple-double? That was when Dalkowski, all but certain to earn a spot with the Baltimore Orioles, felt a pop in his left elbow, possibly a torn ligament, though his injury was never diagnosed. Rockets 2014-15: 29.3. Just like "fetch," it's not going to happen. Defensive rating gives a strong indication of what they are going on the court regardless of position. “They just didn’t have the technology back then to prove it.” Although several rudimentary attempts were made to measure the speed of his pitches, Dalkowski ended his pro career nearly a decade before a radar gun was first used for Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher. Philly and Brooklyn could probably put together similar packages for Harden, given they both have enticing secondary pieces and draft picks to spare. Strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul had to be transported to a local area hospital after an incident at the team facility. 6-keys: media/spln/nba/reg/free/stories, at Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos.