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Rockets: Iman Shumpert gives NSFW explanation of James Harden’s game

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets talks with Iman Shumpert #1 (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets talks with Iman Shumpert #1 (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Former Houston Rockets forward Iman Shumpert outlined the dominance of James Harden, while also citing what makes Harden difficult to defend.

Over the course of Iman Shumpert‘s nine years in the NBA, he became well-acquainted with the Houston Rockets. Shumpert faced off against the Rockets as an opponent and played for the Rockets organization.

Shumpert got a firsthand glimpse of the dominance of Rockets five-time MVP finalist James Harden, as Harden dazzled as his teammate and made life difficult as an opponent. Harden has proven to be one of the most unguardable players in NBA history, and certainly the most unstoppable force in today’s league.

Shumpert recently joined former teammate Channing Frye on The Players Tribune and shared his thoughts on The Beard, while also outlining the difficulty of defending Harden.

“That motherf- [was] the most dangerous person walking around the bubble.

His movements don’t even look fast. It just looks like you can’t touch him. It’s very weird. It’s like watching Floyd Mayweather play basketball. It’s gonna be 40 a game. An easy 40.”

Harden has an unorthodox physique, as he appears to have a thicker frame but has the ability to not only sliver past defenders, but can also contort his body in such a way that he’s able to constantly draw fouls, where he’s capitalized on 86.2 percent of his attempts.

Shumpert explains difficulty of defending Houston Rockets James Harden

As Shumpert mentioned, Harden was dangerous in the bubble, as he made the All-NBA First-Team for the bubble, posting averages of 34.1 points, 8.9 assists, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.7 steals, while also making 53.9 percent of his shots and 37.8 percent of his 3-point shots.

Harden slimmed down prior to the NBA’s restart, which made him much quicker and even more unstoppable, which illustrates the Floyd Mayweather comparison. Mayweather is known to be one of the more quicker, elusive fighters, which makes Shumpert’s comparison logical and accurate.

Harden and the Houston Rockets are in a bit of uncertainty, aa they are currently in search of a head coach following the decision by Mike D’Antoni to part ways with the franchise. The Rockets have conducted several interviews and have no clear-cut timetable for when they expect to land their next head coach.

But Harden’s unstoppable ability will certainly draw appeal to the Rockets job, and especially considering how well he and Russell Westbrook thrived in their first season as teammates with the Houston Rockets, in an ever-changing, non-conventional year.

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It’s safe to say that whoever lands the Rockets coaching job will be more than enthused to have the ability to coach Harden’s unguardable abilities, as he’s the most dangerous player in the NBA, in the words of Shumpert.

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