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Should the Rockets employ Cuttino Mobley’s strategy for using Harden?

By Anthony Duckett
Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Former Houston Rockets guard Cuttino Mobley offered a strategy that the team could use for James Harden. Here are the pros and cons of Mobley’s idea.

Prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, former Houston Rockets guard Cuttino Mobley spoke on how he felt the team should utilize James Harden this year. On BBallBreakdown, Mobley spoke with Nick Hauselman about how Mike D’Antoni and crew can deal with opposing defenses to their superstar.

In the breakdown, Mobley makes an interesting suggestion, which is that the Rockets should utilize Harden in the post and he should get the ball within 15 feet of the basket, which could also be a counter to the current double-teams Harden is facing. The exact quote Mobley gave is below:

“I would rather James [be] 15 feet from the basket. I think James would be amazing at that, where he doesn’t have to utilize so much energy. … He’s starting from 30 feet out. If you start from 15 and face up, the double team has to come. Or you can score on them. … Now there’s chaos.”

Although Mobley made these suggestions prior to the start of this season, it’s something worth exploring now that we’re 17 games into the season and 20 percent complete with the 2019-20 campaign.

So I spoke with Cuttino Mobley (@CuttinosLife) about James Harden's game, and you'll be #SHOCKED with his suggestion for making him/the team better. IN fact, it's a great idea, and @dmorey should listen!

— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) September 3, 2019

Let’s take a look into the career accolades of The Cat and first look into why his qualifications warrant his strategy being heard.

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