At this point last season, the Philadelphia 76ers were dealing with an All-Star player who wasn’t playing as strongly as he was supposed to.
Now, after an entire season and a blockbuster trade, they are dealing with the exact same thing.
The Sixers moved heaven and earth to acquire James Harden because Ben Simmons wouldn’t shoot the ball with the season on the line, only for Harden not to shoot the ball with the season on the line…cold world, man
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) May 13, 2022
Tony Jones made a strong, painful point about the 76ers following their Game 6 elimination against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
“The Sixers moved heaven and earth to acquire James Harden because Ben Simmons wouldn’t shoot the ball with the season on the line, only for Harden not to shoot the ball with the season on the line…cold world, man,” Jones said.
It’s been an odd, rough year for the Sixers.
Bye Ben, Hello Harden
The Simmons-Harden trade was definitely the biggest of the NBA season and it was supposed to shake up the entire Eastern Conference.
That definitely hasn’t been the case so far.
Simmons still hasn’t played a single game for his Brooklyn Nets.
As for Harden, his output in Philly has been inconsistent at best and he once again fell apart in the postseason.
In Thursday night’s game, Harden didn’t even score a point in the second half.
Therefore, the comparison to Simmons is completely fair.
Before his horrible second-half performance, Harden’s shooting was rough and spotty.
Sadly, that’s nothing new.
Once one of the best shooters in the league, fans don’t see him stepping up as often as he once did.
Even when his team needs him badly, Harden doesn’t dig deep as he did when playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder or Houston Rockets.
If the 76ers are going to make the Finals in the next few years, Harden will need to change his ways – or pack his bags.