Darius Miles offers advice for Rockets’ James Harden

Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for The Players' Tribune)
Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for The Players' Tribune) /

Longtime NBA veteran Darius Miles offered advice for Houston Rockets star James Harden, as it pertains to how he can continue to hone his craft.

James Harden has been one of the best players in the NBA since his arrival to the Houston Rockets in 2012. Harden has been an MVP finalist on numerous occasions and has led the Rockets to the postseason in each of his eight seasons in the Space City.

Harden has pulled off a wide array of feats and accomplishments, as he’s led the league in assists and 3-pointers made. In addition, Harden has averaged at least 30 points in each of the last three seasons.

Harden has led the league in scoring between 2017-20, and has thrived in spite of having different running mates. Harden led the league in scoring during Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook’s initial debuts, which is impressive considering how he didn’t have time to adapt and adjust to playing alongside either player in Houston.

Harden has added a wrinkle to his game during each offseason, as we’ve seen him add the stepback three and the one-legged shot he worked on during the 2019 offseason. But longtime NBA veteran Darius Miles has a suggestion for Harden as it pertains to his continued development and progression, which he shared on the Knuckleheads podcast.

Darius Miles offers advice for Houston Rockets James Harden

“James Harden has alot of stuff but if he goes and has a session with Cuttino Mobley….because I see some of the stuff Cuttino used to do with that left hand that if James adds on…”

Miles stated that Harden should work with former Houston Rockets shooter Cuttino Mobley, which would seem to benefit Harden, for a number of reasons. For starters, Mobley, like Harden is left-handed, which would make it a seamless transition for Harden.

In addition, Mobley was a much better 3-point shooter than Harden, as Mobley is a career 37.8 percent shooter from deep, while Harden is a 36.3 percent 3-point shooter.

Earlier in the season, Mobley made a recommendation for Harden to expand his game and operate more in the post, as his explanation 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.”

It remains to be seen whether Harden will unite with Mobley during the offseason, but it seems like Harden could stand to gain from Mobley’s tutelage.

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Either way, we should expect Harden to add an additional wrinkle to his game and come back with a new element that will make it even more difficult to defend him.