This season, the NBA witnesses how the Los Angeles Clippers have the most stellar roster, with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Despite these impressive names, the team is still struggling to meet the expectations of fans and analysts alike.
The Los Angeles Clippers, currently ninth in the Western Conference standings with a 9-10 record, faced a challenging period between Nov. 2 and Nov. 15, enduring a six-game losing streak. After overcoming that unfavorable phase and a subsequent streak of three consecutive victories, the team found inconsistency by alternately achieving victories and facing defeats.
The inconsistency, coupled with below-average performances from their star players, has led analysts to question the Clippers’ ability to compete for the championship or step out of the shadows cast by their more illustrious neighbors, the LA Lakers. As veteran player and Clippers member PJ Tucker put it,
There’s not enough basketballs on the planet for this team, really. Haunted by the shocking loss to a Nikola Jokic-less Nuggets, the Clippers find themselves in a pivotal moment with four months remaining in the season. There is optimism that they can reverse their fortunes, banking on the hope that Harden, along with the trio of Westbrook, Kawhi, and Paul George, rediscovers their best form to propel the team up the table
James Harden’s career highlights
While James Harden, considered one of the greatest scorers and shooting guards in NBA history, is currently experiencing an unremarkable season, that does not diminish his stature as a great player in his own right. In 10 of the 14 games played in the NBA, he has maintained an average of 24.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game.
James Harden, the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player, 10-time NBA All-Star and six-time All-NBA First Team member, has consistently demonstrated his prowess. Additionally, he holds the title of three-time NBA scoring champion (2018-2020) and has led the NBA in assists twice (2017, 2023). In particular, he has the distinction of being the highest scoring left-handed player in the league.
Although his season has not gone as planned, in the 14 games he played, James Harden has maintained an average of 15.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists with the Los Angeles Clippers.
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