Fantasy Basketball: James Harden Has Been Unstoppable This Winter

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The Houston Rockets are looking like the front office of the year after their acquisition of shooting guard James Harden from the Charlotte Bobcats this off-season. Harden is averaging a dominating 26.1 points per game this season and is shockingly fifth in the NBA in scoring, behind the likes of Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (30.3 points) and New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (29.2 points).

However, Harden has been playing even hotter this winter. He has averaged an unthinkable 29.5 points over his last 14 contests, which is even higher than average of 26-plus points per game. He has also hit 30 3-pointers during that span and continues to be a very underrated perimeter shooter. Harden is shooting the ball 17.2 times per game, which is only giving him more chances to rack up the points for fantasy owners.

Harden is also shooting an amazing 88.2% from the charity stripe during his recent hot streak. The former Arizona State Sun Devil has a tireless work ethic in the gym, even if he doesn’t have the best personal hygiene. Free throw percentage is an underrated stat for fantasy guards, because even one miss from the charity stripe could be disastrous in the fantasy world. This is just another aspect of Harden’s game that he has already perfected.

Fantasy basketball has become mostly about scoring in recent seasons, so naturally the shooting guard position was highly coveted this off-season. Harden has certainly lived up to all of his expectations and has anchored his fair share of fantasy teams this season.

Harden has proven to be more than a reliable starting two-guard. Harden is one of the most dangerous fantasy shooting guards in the game, and will continue to carry fantasy owners down the stretch in 2013.

 


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