James Harden of the Houston Rockets has done superhuman feats this season. From offensive records set or broken, he has done everything in his power to keep his team above water.
But for Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders, the Rockets star doesn't get enough credit for his efforts.
Saunders shared that the reason behind Harden's offensive juggernaut is that the reigning MVP spends a lot of time studying game film.
Thus, he's seen every type of defense and has subsequently thought of ways on how to counter them. And even if you take some things away from his set of offensive tools, he always finds a way to score.
“I don't think he gets enough credit for how he studies, in the off-season, too, because he's seen every type of defense,” Saunders said, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “You take one thing away and a lot of times he does something else great.
The 32-year-old head coach added that whenever he's watching Harden's games, he comes to a realization that the defense doesn't have much to do when decides he wants to score.
And when he's preparing to face Harden himself, Saunders discovers up close how talented he is.
Apart from his arsenal of offensive moves, his ability to get to the free throw line makes him a more difficult cover.