Colin Cowherd says Rockets star James Harden’s insane usage rate isn’t sustainable
Over his last five games, James Harden has scored 261 points and zero of those points have come from an assist. The reigning MVP has the highest usage rate in the NBA right now and it’s No. 2 all-time.
Of the top eight usage rates in NBA history, zero of those players have won a playoff series:
Overall on the season, James Harden is averaging 36.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. The six-time All-Star is shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.
The Rockets are 27-20 on the season, good for fifth place in the Western Conference.
Houston is 3-2 during this five-game stretch where James Harden has been a scoring machine. The Beard has scored at least 30 points in 21 straight games and is well on his way to leading the league in scoring for the second consecutive season.
Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul has been out with a hamstring injury since Dec. 22. Since then, Harden is averaging 44.2 points per game. Colin Cowherd believes this type of iso-ball which Harden is playing doesn’t lead to wins when the playoffs start.
There’s also the fact that Harden’s body can wear down once the playoffs start since he’s exerting so much energy during the regular season.