James Harden’s debut with the Philadelphia 76ers has to be one of the most highly-anticipated events in Philly history. The former MVP was acquired by the Sixers in a blockbuster trade deadline deal that sent disgruntled star Ben Simmons to Brooklyn. The Joel Embiid-Harden pairing has been highly touted as one of the best in the NBA.
Against the Minnesota Timberwolves, we saw the full potential of this new-look Sixers squad. James Harden also set a new feat for himself, joining Stephen Curry as the only active players to hit 2,550 career threes in their careers.
.@sixers @JHarden13 has reached 2,550 career 3-pointers. He joins @StephenCurry30 as the only two active @NBA players to reach the mark.
He's the fourth player in @NBAHistory with at least 2,550, along with Curry and Hall of Famers Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.
— Sixers Stats (@SixersStats) February 26, 2022
Aside from the Sixers star and Curry, Reggie Miller and Ray Allen are the only other members of this all-time squad.
Curry and Harden were the pioneers of this new-age shooting revolution. While Curry was considered the master of shooting from anywhere, Harden proved that isolation shots from deep are a viable option for the modern scoring prodigy. Now, Harden looks to bring that same isolation scoring to the Sixers.
Harden’s ability to create for himself on the perimeter bring a new dimension to this Sixers squad. In the last few years, the team hasn’t had a reliable guard/wing iso scorer. Jimmy Butler was that guy in 2019, but he was let go by the team in the offseason. Because of that, opposing teams could easily key in on Joel Embiid in the paint.
Now, Philly has arguably one of the greatest isolation scorers in league history with Harden. Everyone in the city is excited, including Embiid.