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Team Comparisons: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

By Brett David Roberts
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Feb 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) scores a basket against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 102-99 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson, Brandon Rush vs. James Harden, Troy Daniels, Nick Johnson

James Harden is indisputably a top-3 talent at the shooting guard position. Klay Thompson is a fire throwing shooter, and he helps form a tough Warriors backcourt. Thompson is an above-average defender, too, which is something Harden cannot boast of. Even so, Harden is one of the best in the NBA at getting to the rim, and he had 39 points to Thompson’s 12 in the Warriors 102-99 victory on Feb. 20 last season.

While Thompson has a bright future, Harden poses far too many problems for the Washington State product. Brandon Rush is a good slasher and solid defender. The Rockets have a bit of a wildcard in Troy Daniels. He stepped up big in the 2014 playoffs, and he looks to be a sharpshooter on a bargain contract.

Nick Johnson impressed in summer league and definitely has the athleticism to thrive at the NBA level. The Rockets snagged Johnson in the second round, and he may follow in the steps of Chandler Parsons as a mega steal by Daryl Morey.

Advantage: Rockets

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