Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has said a few times he thinks James Harden is a better scorer than Chicago Bulls legend and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.
Harden has led the NBA in scoring the past two seasons and makes scoring 50 points look relatively easy. The Beard most likely appreciates Morey’s support, but even the Rockets star admits his general manager can be crazy sometimes, via Howard Beck of Bleacher Report:
Harden is arguably the most dominant scorer of his generation, so lethally efficient with his step-backs and sidesteps and clever drives that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey recently proclaimed him the greatest scorer in history—better than you-know-who.
“It’s just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan,” the analytics-minded Morey said on the Selfmade podcast. (“Daryl’s crazy,” Harden says, chuckling.)
James Harden put up 36.1 points per game last season for the Rockets and scored at least 30 points 32 games in a row at one point. Harden scored at least 50 points nine times as well. He shot 44.2 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 87.9 percent from the foul line.
Michael Jordan is the all-time leader in points per game at 30.1. While Harden is no doubt one of the most lethal scorers in league history, he has a ways to go before he can say he’s a better pure scorer than His Airness.