James Harden: Rockets Star Must Cut Down Turnovers for Team to Thrive

November 24th, 2012 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »
As much as Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been scoring with his new team, the 23-year-old star must take better care of the basketball if the Rockets are ultimately going to succeed in 2012-13.

Harden is averaging just over four turnovers for the 6-7 Houston squad, who just snapped a three-game losing streak by dismantling the New York Knicks at home 131-103 on Friday.

Part of the turnover problem can be attributed to Harden having the ball in his hands much more frequently than he did in his days with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but part of the blame also has to go to him.

With his attacking, aggressive style, Harden has gotten to the free-throw line frequently and has done much of his scoring damage from the stripe. However, his reckless abandon to the bucket often results in him losing the handle and costing his team valuable possessions, stagnating the offense.

As one of the smartest players in the NBA, Harden should rely on his point guard skills that he harnessed in college at Arizona State and occasionally displayed with the Thunder. Now that he is a pure two-guard with Jeremy Lin running the point, Harden has to ...

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