James Harden Will Take On Role As Franchise Player In Houston
James Harden has signed a $80 million, 5-year contract extension with the Houston Rockets. When the Rockets traded for Harden they effectively made him the team’s number one option the day he landed in Houston. The question is can the 6th man of the year, James Harden, carry a franchise. Is he the cornerstone of the franchise or a big piece to a franchise rebuilding?
In just four years in the league Harden has displayed immense composure on the court and has a high basketball IQ. He posses all the mental and physical tools to be an All-Star. However can that translate to carrying a franchise?
Houston Debut Serves As Proof
James Harden gives us a glimpse of what he can do as a starter. He had an incredible debut in Houston. Harden scored 37 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Houston was able to climb out a 9 point deficit in the 4th quarter, lead by Harden’s play.
Harden is able to take over and win games for the Rockets. That is the common denominator in the formula of a franchise player. I’m not quite all the way sold but I think James Harden is a franchise player. The Rockets has a young team with some great pieces. Harden will add about 10 more wins to the Rockets. The Rockets will be in contention for the final two playoff spots in the West.