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Nate McMillan says Rockets star James Harden’s scoring ability from distance is unique

Nate McMillan, James Harden, Rockets, Pacers

James Harden has proven himself to be one of the most unique scorers the NBA has seen this decade. Utilizing Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni’s coaching philosophy of math meets up-tempo, Harden’s basketball acumen has made him very difficult to game plan against.

What’s apart of his basketball toolbox? Drives to the basket, using free throws as a tactic and 3-point shots.

However, it’s the latter that has made Harden most difficult to stop — his high-volume 3-point attempts to allow for a high-amount of 3-point field goals to be made. Alas, it is why Harden has led the league in scoring the past two seasons and on pace for a third this season (38.7 PPG.)

Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan sees the uniqueness in Harden’s game. Speaking with Scott Agnes of The Athletic, McMillian describes how Harden’s ability to connect from deep makes him one of the NBA’s most unique talents.

“I haven’t seen anyone perform like this from the distance that he playing from,” coach Nate McMillan said of Harden, who scored 44 on Friday. “He was shooting 3s two or three steps behind the 3-point line. He’s a willing passer, so he’ll give the ball up. He’s just making plays. This guy is averaging 38 (points per game). I haven’t seen that. I haven’t seen that in my career, a player with his ability to score like he’s doing.”

While Harden’s scoring prowess is undeniable, it remains to be seen if it can translate to an NBA title.

This season, his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate and fellow MVP brethren Russell Westbrook is in the backcourt with him. So far, so good.

We shall see if Harden’s scoring abilities and Westbrook’s all-around game will get the Rockets over the hump in the wide-open West this season.