My friend posted the question on Twitter and it got me thinking.... I'm a Rockets fan and almost instantly chose Harden, but it's actually a lot closer than I first thought.
The only reason I'd still take Harden is his age, ability to get to the line, less injury prone, and because he's struggling against OKC which knows his game inside and out. However, Curry recent play in the 2nd half of the season and playoffs makes me question if I'm making the right choice.
Then I ask, how different would the 2009 draft be as a whole if it were redone today?
Excuse me if these questions have been brought up recently. I'm not on the site as much as I use to be, more of a night owl now.
I'll take Harden. Outside of Wade and Kobe, there aren't any other SG's in the league atm who are at that level. Not to mention you don't have to worry about his ankles breaking down anytime soon. Plus the beard is marketable too haha.
Harden - fear the beard
Curry probably hasn't reached his ceiling yet, and Harden is closer to his ceiling. I like Curry's game, but i am nervous that his own team was not confident enough to give him a max contract. That tells me that they know something about his ankles. You can only sprain an ankle so many times before the tears and the stretching can't be undone.
A few years ago Dirk had the same problem, but, as a big man, he was able to adjust his play and take himself out of harms way more. It is pretty hard to get out of harms way as a point guard.
1. Blake Griffin- with so many talented guards, it is nice to have an athletic freak at the forward spot to pair up with a top guard that you get later
2. James Harden- His ability to draw fouls will help him be a consistant scorer and creator for your team
3. Stephan Curry- He can create his own shot off the bounce much better than I thought he would be able to back in 2009. Can play point or slide over to shooting guard if you want to go small.
4. Ty Lawson- I thought he was going to be good, I didn't think he was going to be this good. Just seems to have his head right and plays as a PG not a combo.
5. Jrue Holiday- Great size and does pretty much everything well on the court (turnovers were a concern this year)
6. Ricky Rubio- Hopefully he stays healthy. Pass first PGs are always valuable in my book
7. Brandon Jennings- It make be the Bucks lack of offense that makes him take so many shots, but shot selection and consistantsy is too much of a concern to have him over Rubio or Jrue
8. Tyreke Evans- I'm starting to think he will never regain the numbers he was putting up his rookie year (or sophomore year for that matter)
9.Demar DeRozan- Very good athletic wing. He continues to improve year after year.
10. Taj Gibson- I love him as a glue guy on a contender.
Special Mention: Patrick Beverly went in the 2nd round of this draft and I was really excited to see the Chicago kid play well in the playoffs this year!
I think curry is a tad better then harden, but if I was a gm I would take harden since he's not as injury prone
I'd take Harden simply because 1) i'm a biased Rockets fan, 2) Harden is younger and 3) he's not injury prone
Other than that, it's really close
I guess I'll go against the grain and take Stephen Curry.
He's the best shooter in the NBA off of the catch or off of the dribble. He can play both guard spots... Moves amazingly without the ball and understands how to utilize screens. He's a very good passer with very good vision.
What I love about him the most though is he seems to step up on the bigger stages. He has a lot of Steve Nash in his game IMO.
Also want to throw in that he can be THE guy or just one of the guys. He'll never have a problem playing off of another player.
I love players like that. They don't always need the ball in their hands to make a great impact.
I don't think this is even close... just watching Curry last night I was worried every other play that he was going to get hurt. Harden is more skilled, more athletic, built like a tank, younger, and a waayyyyy better defender considering Curry can't stop anyone.
I'm not sure Harden is more skilled. Curry is an absolutely ridiculously good shooter, has a great handle, although his lack of strength hurts him against ball pressure, and is a really nice passer. While Harden may be the better overall player, it isn't because he is more skilled.
Agreed, Curry is a much better shooter and a slightly better handle, but Harden is one of the best finishers around the rim in the league and I think hes a better passer than Curry so I don't think the gap in skill is as big as you suggest.