James Harden Will Play as Houston Rockets’ Full-Time Point Guard

September 26th, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »
For the last couple of years, James Harden has essentially served as the Houston Rockets' point guard. Now he has the title to back it up.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden would become the team's full-time point guard this season at Monday's media day session:

He's more or less responsible giving rhythm to the team, that's what a point guard does. He's going to be on the ball and he's going to be distributing the ball and it will take some adjusting. He's got a lot more responsibilities as a point guard. A playcaller, a good basketball mind, he's already telling guys we can do this we can do that.

Harden, 27, averaged a career-high 7.5 assists per game last season to go along with 29.0 points and 6.1 rebounds. He has increased his per-game assist total in each of the last six seasons and has seen a noticeable spike in playmaking duties since arriving in Houston.

Harden has set career highs in usage rate and assist rate in each of the last two seasons, per Basketball-Reference.com. The Rockets' offensive production spiked with Harden on the floor in 2015-16, though their assist rate stayed the same.

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