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12/05/2019: NSS NBA Daily – Rockets Vs Raptors Looks Fun??

12/05/2019: NSS NBA Daily – Rockets Vs Raptors Looks Fun??

Rockets (13-7) @ Raptors (15-5): Don’t Mess With The Refs!! Reaction, Rant Preview & Nonsense!!

                James Harden is averaging 39.5 Ppg and coming off a 50 (or 52?) point game that ended in a loss because of a combination of the following

–          The refs give 0 f*cks,

–          The NBA only has 13 camera guys per square foot but no replay available,

–          EVERYBODY saw the dunk and saw the ball rolled back, except for the 1 guy, that had 1 job, and THAT IS HIS JOB,

–          The refs give 0 f*cks, it’s just a job and they get pay hourly/ salary but the actual result the game doesn’t matter to them, unless “somebody (who couldn’t possibly be “a” or “related” the ref)” took the Spurs for the win.  Think about it or do the research, what were the odds for the game??

–          The refs give 0 f*cks, they let LeBron walk a mile and didn’t even bother to flinch.

–          The refs job is to monitored, regulate, manage and/or control the game? But nobody regulates them.

–          Ref 101: If it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, it swims like a duck, and it flies like a duck is probably an alligator or a dinosaur.

–          There is no telling on the actual outcome of the game with the dunk counted, Spurs could have pulled it off.  They beat the Clippers. Advice To The Refs Let The Players Miss/ Make Their Own Shots!!

Here is Harden dunk that didn’t count.

Even if the Rockets fight it and win, does it take the win away from the Spurs, do they both get like a tie game or something? Yea harden dunk didn’t count but the real issue here is the refs and maybe, instead of waiting till the off season to plan, fix, train or whatever pump the breaks and fix it or at least start heading direction.  If the refs have so much power on a game that they can affect the outcome, why not just play hood rules and call your own fouls. 

Watch it play out that the Rockets win their whole case, they still have to take the L and James Harden gets 2 points added to his season total. ahhaahahha

Oh yea, and the Rockets play the Raptors.

Pick: Raptors.  Underrated team full of a bunch of underappreciated players that are getting absolutely no shine whatsoever. 

Has Drake even been at one of the games??

Better iso player? Kyrie Irving or James Harden

Better iso player? Kyrie Irving or James Harden

Note: Since most Iso stats only go as far as 2016 so that is far as my research will go.

Regular season Kyrie Irving James Harden
2015-2016 153 possessions

145 points

59/134 = 44%

Tov freq = 6.5

EFG% = 47.4

Score freq = 44.4%

Shooting foul freq = 7.2%

566 possessions

524 points

159/430 = 37%

Tov freq % = 10.4

EFG% = 43.4

Score freq % = 41.5

Shooting foul freq = 14.8%

2016-2017 367 possessions

412 points

149/317 = 47%

EFG % = 53.2

Tov freq % = 4.6

Score freq % = 49.6

Shooting foul freq = 10.6

552 possessions

537 points

157/421 = 37.3%

EFG %  45.5%

Tov freq %  = 10.3%

Score freq %  = 41.1%

Shooting foul freq = 14.1%

2017-2018 210 possessions

218 points

81/184 = 44%

EFG = 50.3%

Tov freq = 4.8%

Score freq = 46.2%

Shooting foul freq = 46.2%

720 possessions

877 points

251/567 = 44.3%

EFG = 55.2%

Tov freq = 4.7%

Score freq = 51%

Shooting foul freq = 18.2%

Thoughts: In the regular season Kyrie was more EFFICIENT and took care of the ball better, however James Harden with the benefit of superstar treatment was able to draw fouls easier. Still, Kyrie has the edge in most of those categories.

Playoffs Kyrie Irving James Harden
2015-2016 114 possessions

96 points

38/104 = 36.5%

EFG % = 40.9%

Tov freq = 3.5%

Score freq = 38.6%

Shooting foul freq = 6.1%

32 possessions

37 points

10/20 = 50%

EFG % = 55%

Tov freq = 9.4%

Score freq = 59.4%

Shooting foul freq = 28.1%

2016-2017 141 possessions

155 points

59/123 = 48%

EFG % = 56.5%

Tov freq = 7.1%

Score freq = 47.5%

Shooting foul freq = 5.7%

77 possessions

81 points

28/61 = 45.9%

EFG % = 56.6

Tov freq = 10.4%

Score freq = 44.2%

Shooting foul freq = 13%

2017-2018 Did Not Play 220 possessions

221 points

68/175 = 38.9%

EFG % = 46.6%

Tov freq = 9.1%

Score freq = 42.3%

Shooting foul freq = 14.5%

Thoughts: Sure Kyrie got less tovs in iso in the playoffs, but Harden scored more on a higher percentage and again his craftiness helped him have a higher chance of getting fouled on isolation plays. Overall in the playoffs I would say Harden was better on iso.

ISO: Kyrie Irving Vs James Harden

Better iso player?

Note: Since most Iso stats only go as far as 2016 so that is far as my research will go.

Regular season Kyrie Irving James Harden
2015-2016 153 possessions

145 points

59/134 = 44%

Tov freq = 6.5

EFG% = 47.4

Score freq = 44.4%

Shooting foul freq = 7.2%

566 possessions

524 points

159/430 = 37%

Tov freq % = 10.4

EFG% = 43.4

Score freq % = 41.5

Shooting foul freq = 14.8%

2016-2017 367 possessions

412 points

149/317 = 47%

EFG % = 53.2

Tov freq % = 4.6

Score freq % = 49.6

Shooting foul freq = 10.6

552 possessions

537 points

157/421 = 37.3%

EFG %  45.5%

Tov freq %  = 10.3%

Score freq %  = 41.1%

Shooting foul freq = 14.1%

2017-2018 210 possessions

218 points

81/184 = 44%

EFG = 50.3%

Tov freq = 4.8%

Score freq = 46.2%

Shooting foul freq = 46.2%

720 possessions

877 points

251/567 = 44.3%

EFG = 55.2%

Tov freq = 4.7%

Score freq = 51%

Shooting foul freq = 18.2%

hi-res-805b71b911b09fc32a5a55eea3edd12d_crop_exactThoughts: In the regular season Kyrie was more EFFICIENT and took care of the ball better, however James Harden with the benefit of superstar treatment was able to draw fouls easier. Still, Kyrie has the edge in most of those categories.

Playoffs Kyrie Irving James Harden
2015-2016 114 possessions

96 points

38/104 = 36.5%

EFG % = 40.9%

Tov freq = 3.5%

Score freq = 38.6%

Shooting foul freq = 6.1%

32 possessions

37 points

10/20 = 50%

EFG % = 55%

Tov freq = 9.4%

Score freq = 59.4%

Shooting foul freq = 28.1%

2016-2017 141 possessions

155 points

59/123 = 48%

EFG % = 56.5%

Tov freq = 7.1%

Score freq = 47.5%

Shooting foul freq = 5.7%

77 possessions

81 points

28/61 = 45.9%

EFG % = 56.6

Tov freq = 10.4%

Score freq = 44.2%

Shooting foul freq = 13%

2017-2018 Did Not Play 220 possessions

221 points

68/175 = 38.9%

EFG % = 46.6%

Tov freq = 9.1%

Score freq = 42.3%

Shooting foul freq = 14.5%

Thoughts: Sure Kyrie got less tovs in iso in the playoffs, but Harden scored more on a higher percentage and again his craftiness helped him have a higher chance of getting fouled on isolation plays. Overall in the playoffs I would say Harden was better on iso.

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James Harden or Russell Westbrook?

James Harden or Russell Westbrook?

Note: Since certain stats weren’t around 5 yrs ago, I will compare the two based off the last 3 seasons.  Ever since the 2016-2017 NBA MVP race, the NBA community has been debating who the superior player was, both have great cases so it isn’t as easy to pick one as some may think it is.

OFFENSE

Scoring Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 25.4 ppg

9.5/21.1 = 44.9%

1.2/4.1 on 3s = 29.8%

5.3/7.1 on FTs = 73.7%

30.4 ppg

9/20.1 = 44.9%

3.7/ 10 on 3s = 37%

8.7/10 on FTs

2016-2017 31.6 ppg

10.2/24 = 42.5%

2.5/7.2 = 34.3%

8.8/10.4 = 84.5 %

29.1 ppg

8.3/18.9 = 44%

3.2/9.3 on 3s = 34.7%

9.2/10.9 on FTs

2015-2016 23.5 ppg

8.2/18.1 = 45.4%

1.3/ 4.3 = 29.6%

5.8/7.2 = 81.2%

29.0 ppg

8.7/19.7 = 43.9%

2.9/8.0 on 3s = 35.9%

8.8/10.2 on FTs = 86%

 

Midrange Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 211/530 = 39.8% 50/128 = 39.1%
2016-2017 216/595 = 36.3% 65/158 = 41.1%
2015-2016 144/336 = 42.9% 128/316 = 40.5%

 

Restricted Area Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 395/667 = 59.2% 281/450 = 62.4%
2016-2017 341/596 = 57.2% 275/420 = 65.5%
2015-2016 334/577 = 57.9% 277/456 = 60.7%

 

Catch and shoot Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 34/95 = 35.8%

26/76 on 3s = 34.2%

45/123 = 36.6%

44/120 on 3s = 36.7%

2016-2017 66/184 = 35.9%

54/155 on 3s = 34.8%

80/202 = 39.6%

77/195 on 3s = 39.5%

2015-2016 36/108 = 33.3%

32/96 on 3s = 33.3%

106/262 = 40.5%

104/251 on 3s = 41.4%

 

Pull up Jumpers Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 284/781 = 35.9%

63/225 on 3s = 28%

282/704 = 40.1%

213/549 on 3s = 38.8%

2016-2017 378/1006 = 37.6%

139/401 on 3s = 34.7%

269/740 = 36.4%

181/536 on 3s = 33.8%

2015-2016 243/643 = 37.8%

67/235 on 3s = 28.5%

281/731 = 38.4%

126/378 on 3s = 33.3%

 

Off Screen Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 25 points

9/20

45% FG

39 points

10/16

62.5% FG

2016-2017 50 points

18/39

46.2% FG

46 points

16/46

34.8% FG

2015-2016 21 points

9/18

50% FG

83 points

25/68

36.8% FG

 

Isolation Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 122/335 = 36.4%

7.5% tov frequency

38.8% score frequency

251/567 = 44.3%

4.7% tov frequency

51% score frequency

2016-2017 172/443 = 38.8%

6.0 TOV Frequency

41.5% score frequency

157/421 = 37.3=

10.3 tov frequency

41.1% score frequency

2015-2016 73/206 = 35.4%

11.8% tov frequency

35.4% score frequency

159/430 = 37%

10.2% tov frequency

41.5% score frequency

Thoughts: James Harden is the better scorer, he has that deadly step back, better shooter all around, he’s even better at finishing around the rim, Russ does have the edge in midrange Js and off screen points, but that’s it. Russ may score more points in a big game, but not efficiently.

Iso DEFENSE Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 46 points

15/45 = 33.3%

10.3% tov frequency

36.2% score frequency

91 points

35/96 = 36.5%

7.9% tov frequency

38.6% score frequency

2016-2017 51 points

20/47 = 42.6%

12.3% tov frequency

38.6% score frequency

86 points

25/67 = 37%

8.7% tov frequency

44.6% score frequency

2015-2016 49 points

20/51 = 39.2%

10% tov frequency

38.3% score frequency

78 points

28/87 = 32.2%

8.4% tov frequency

36.4% score frequency

 

Defensive efforts Russell Westbrook
2017-2018 265 deflections

174 loose balls recovered

281 contested shots

146 stls

104.4 DRTG

206 deflections

98 loose balls recovered

542 contested shots

126 steals

104.7 DRTG

2016-2017 231 deflections

113 loose balls recovered

296 contested shots

132 stls

104.6 DRTG

237 deflections

93 loose balls recovered

666 contested shots

121 steals

107.3 DRTG

Thoughts: Both get criticized for their lack of defense but when needed to get a key defensive stop, both are very capable of doing so. Russ is the better 1 on 1 defender, Harden does contest more shots but when Westbrook does hustle more on defense, it’s kinda close but I give Russ the edge.

 

Playmaking Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 10.3 apg

2.15 ast/tov ratio

33.2% usage rate

81 secondary assists

1586 potential asts

7492 touches

8.8 apg

2 ast/tov ratio

36.1% usage rate

56 secondary assists

1177 potential asts

6007 touches

2016-2017 10.4 apg

1.92 ast/tov ratio

40.8% usage rate

67 secondary assists

1810 potential asts

7679 touches

11.2 apg

1.95 ast/tov ratio

34.1% usage rate

66 secondary assists

1810 potential asts

7782 touches

2015-2016 10.4 apg

2.44 ast/tov ratio

31.3% usage rate

58 secondary assists

1561 potential asts

6927 touches

7.5 apg

1.64 ast/tov ratio

32.5% usage rate

58 secondary assists

1216 potential asts

6898 touches

Thoughts: Sure Westbrook is a point guard so he should be a better playmaker, however Harden basically has been one since 2013, both turn it over a lot but make it up with countless asts. It’s safe to say that as far as the numbers go and eye test, Westbrook is the better floor general. Sure Harden knows how to slow it down better, and is better at finding the open man, but Harden has better teammates shooting wise, in other words he has more snipers that are great at catch and shoot compared to some of Westbrook’s teammates.

Rebounding Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 10.1rpg

162 contested rebs

546 uncontested rebs

5.4 rpg

63 contested rebs

325   uncontested rebs

2016-2017 10.6 rpg

679 uncontested rebs

180 contested rebounds

8.1 rpg

500 uncontested rebs

154 contested rebounds

2015-2016 7.8 rpg

473 uncontested rebs

151 contested rebs

 

6.2 rpg

388 uncontested rebs

117 contested rebounds

Thoughts: Clearly Westbrook is the better rebounder even with a height disadvantage, both tend to stand there to get the reb and not defend their man, but that is because their team is better on the fastbreak when russ gets the reb as well as James. Once again Russ gets the edge.

Crunch time (last 2 mins game within 5) Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 94 points

34/83 = 41%

28 rebs

6 tovs

12 asts

50 points

13/37 = 35%

6 rebs

5 tovs

3 asts

2016-2017 136 points

42/101% 41%

25 rebs

8 asts

7 tovs

63 points

11/42 = 26%

17 rebs

10 asts

8 tovs

 

2015-2016 66 points

12/46 = 26%

22 rebs

13 asts

10 tovs

83 points

17/56

28 rebs 30%

20 asts

8 tovs

 

Thoughts: Clearly Westbrook is the better better in crunch time, outside 2016, Russ the past few years has been more efficient in big time moments. Even with a cold hand I trust Russ to take over a game than Harden eh2ose a deadly scorer……up until crunch time, no disrespect to James but he’s no closer, no shocker that Russ gets the edge.

Head to head stats Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 87 points

37/79 = 47%

17 rebs

28 asts

14 tovs

78 points

22/47 = 47%

17 rebs

34 asts

16 tovs

2016-2017 145 points

46/103 = 45%

36 rebs

37 asts

24 tovs

82 points

24/70 = 34%

29 rebs

49 asts

25 tovs

2015-2016 95 points

34/70 = 48%

43 rebs

49 asts

27 tovs

135 points

39/90 = 43%

23 rebs

35 asts

15 tovs

Thoughts: Sure HOU has beaten OKC more times (by 2) but that is a team stat and we’re looking at individual statistics something Russ has been superior at. Outscoring on a higher percentage and out rebounding James was no shocker as he is the better all around player.

Head to head playoffs Russell Westbrook James Harden
2016-2017 187   points (37.4ppg)

59/152 = 39%

58 rebs (11.6 rpg)

54 asts (10.8 apg)

30 tovs (6)

166 points (33.2ppg)

44/107= 41%

32 rebs (6.4 rpg)

35 asts (7 apg)

28 tovs (5.6)

Thoughts: Despite Harden having way more help, Russ who as you can see averaged a TRIPLE DUB which kept OKC close and 4/5 games were decided by single digits even though HOU was more stacked. Russ who was forced to chuck with limited help clear as day outplayed the MVP runner up all around.

Conclusion

Take it how you see it, numbers clearly point to Westbrook as he got the edge is just about every category, but if you think Harden is still the better player that’s fine.

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Is Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

Is Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

Written by Francis S Estepan.  April 20th, 2018.

As humans we are always looking for the next big thing.  In the NBA Who will be the next MJ? Kobe? Shaq? LeBron James is still playing the game and already we are looking for who is going to one-up him? Ben Simmons? Giannis?  So here is a nonsense theory for case for Terry Rozier v James Harden.

Rozier currently holding the starting position for the Boston Celtics as they faced Milwaukee Bucks.  Rozier is a 6-2 lengthy sophomore guard that seems to shine whenever Brad Stevens calls his name (or Kyrie Irving is missing more time).  When looking at his numbers the first thing that comes to mind is how his numbers for the season are so low.  Now look at his post season numbers and you can see a different monster giving the minutes and the shots.

f                Be mindful that last year he was a ball dominant guard Isaiah Thomas and this year another one in Kyrie Irving.  17-18 Playoff comes his number has officially been called and he is producing at an unbelievable rate 23 Ppg, 5.5 Ast, 3.5 Rebounds while taking care of the ball.  His minutes have double from the years before and he doesn’t seem to be letting fatigue slow him down.

James Harden was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder and didn’t get his first start tilt his sophomore year.  Fast forward some years he is the face of the Houston Rockets, making the Thunder look like they gave up gold for beach sand.  Looking at the playoff numbers Harden 3rd season was where he came alive in the playoffs.  (Rozier is on his 3rd year, look back at his numbers).

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Rozier had a triple double in his first NBA start, that may have been a sign, some may have seen as a fluke. Brad Stevens didn’t seem too worry with Kyrie latest injury, he seem to have been prepare with an insurance policy that came with the Terry Rozier premium.  The postseason is where players are made or broken? Where players earn their statuses for years to come? Vintage Rondo, Father time/Wade, Manu Ginobili.

Harden and Rozier ability to score when the stage is big could be what draws them closer in comparison.  Put the numbers aside and you can find the similarity in their situations.  Could it have been guaranteed that Harden would have become as dominant alongside Westbrook and Durant? Have we seen what Rozier is fully capable off?

Right now Terry Rozier is no James Harden. Should teams start throwing money bags at him, that’s above my pay grade.  No team is going to sit a Kyrie Irving for a Terry Rozier.  But not all teams have a Kyrie or a Harden.  If Rozier talent is truly there, he shouldn’t let it go to waste being a backup.  Teams in the NBA are always looking to build a solid foundation.  It worked out well for Houston.

Do you think Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

(Side note: Bledsoe comments regarding not knowing who Rozier is.  Any player that hits a clutch shot, has a great game against you or is between you and the next round? You know who he is. If Jrue Holiday remembers how hard Rajon Rondo plays in the playoffs from a series years ago, am sure Bledsoe remembers put him on wheels than a week ago) #BledsoeSalty