James Harden: NBA Draft Profile

    
December 24th, 2008

James Harden

 

College: Arizona State

Class: Sophomore

Position: SG

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 218lbs

 

Accolades: First Team All-Pac-10 (08), Second Team Freshman All-American -CHN (08), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (07), Second Team Parade All-American - high school (07).

 

Scouting Report: A silky smooth shooting guard.

 

Strengths: Lefthanded. An explosive scorer - had over 30 points in three out of the team’s first six games his sophomore year. Shoots for an extremely high % everywhere on the court (FG, 3Pt, FT). Great at getting fouled and knocking down his free throws. Has three-point range on his jumper. Very good rebounder and assist man for his position. Young - will only be 20-years-old when next NBA season begins. Strong, solid build - won’t be pushed around in the NBA. Great at playing the passing lanes - led the Pac-10 in steals his freshman year. Smooth and under control. Mature and poised. Unselfish player. Used to being double-teamed.

 

Weaknesses: Not a standout athlete - not especially quick or a high leaper. Questionable foot-speed may limit his ability to guard one-on-one effectively in the NBA. Will be short for a shooting guard (may only be 6’4”). Turns the ball over too often.

 

Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top five pick.

 

Consensus: The Sun Devils’ James Harden has all the makings of being a solid NBA pro. While his lack of freaky NBA athleticism might limit his potential for stardom, he is a shrewd enough player that he will find a way to succeed and should enjoy a long career.

 

Stats:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=36072

 

 

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CHN's Six-Star Ranking System w/ 2008 Equivalents


= Superstar/All-NBA Potential - Michael Beasley

= Potential NBA All-Star - Derrick Rose

= Consistent NBA Starter - Brook Lopez

= 6th Man/Fringe Starter - Russell Westbrook

= Career Reserve - Roy Hibbert

= Fringe NBA Player/12th Man - JR Giddens

0 stars = Life in the Minor Leagues - Drew Neitzel