James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers has been talked about a lot lately.
Between his demand for a new team and a debate about if he’s better than Dwyane Wade or not, Harden has received many headlines.
Former players Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala spoke about the difference between Harden and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks on the “Point Forward” podcast.
And Turner claimed that, while Harden is good, he’s not nearly as good as Doncic when it counts more.
“The difference between James and Luka: Luka is 38-9-8 in Game 7s, James Harden is 7-7-6,” Turner said.
Iguodala agreed that this was a very valid point from Turner.
“The difference between James (Harden) and Luka: Luka is 38-9-8 in game sevens, James Harden is 7-7-6” -Evan Turner on the Luka/Harden comparisons pic.twitter.com/buhMtgfpXz
— Jo (@MavsStan41) August 10, 2023
Turner was referring to the fact that Harden has a notorious tendency to not play as well as the season goes on.
Some have said that he seems typically “gassed out” when the playoffs roll around.
Harden had some strong games during the latest postseason and even scored more than 40 points twice.
But he also had games when he was in the single digits.
In fact, the Sixers’ last game of the season, against the Boston Celtics, saw Harden posting just 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.
As for Doncic, the opposite seems true for him: he gets even more fired up when the playoffs start.
In the 2021-22 playoffs, Doncic averaged 31.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.
Those 31.7 points were a league-high that year.
Neither Harden nor Doncic have won a Finals yet so both have come up short in the postseason.
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