Lto evolution of James Hardenfrom his early days in Oklahoma to his Nets superstar status to his most prolific time in Houston, it is something that should be analyzed calmly. Although the NBA produces players capable of defying all logic almost continuously, ‘the Beard’ is a case apart, almost a basketball miracle.
Harden has been characterized these years by being an almost inexhaustible producer of points. If we ask any fan to recall an action by the Brooklyn player, almost everyone will agree your shot of three, or very close to, taking a step to avoid the defender. However, this is not what he most often repeats on basketball courts.
It was recently revealed that Harden is the only player in the NBA with more free throws than field goals made. At least, the only one at present and the only one among players with more or less long careers.
The incredible milestone is a fact. Harden has scored a total of 6,574 free throws per 6,513 shots from fields who has managed to connect (of which 2,445 are triples). No other player exhibits this peculiarity.
To get an idea, among the most prolific scorers of the last era in the NBA, Michael Jordan had 5,590 more field goals than free throws, LeBron James, 5.395 ms, Kobe Bryant, 4,035 and Kevin Durant 2,219. Even Karl Malone, the player who has scored the most free throws in NBA history (9,787) has the most shots from the field: 13,528, making Harden’s achievement unique in League history.