Multiple Sixers blown away by James Harden to open training camp
After holding their media day at their training facility in Camden, the Sixers headed down to South Carolina to hold training camp. While it’s still early in the week, there have been a lot of positive things said about one of the team’s stars.
Actions always speak louder than words, and James Harden proved that this summer. Along with taking a team-friendly deal so the Sixers could improve the supporting cast, the former MVP worked diligently in the offseason to get his body to 100%.
One of the many people to speak up about Harden’s performance thus far in camp is new addition De’Anthony Melton. The young guard liked what he saw as he adjusts to playing off the All-Star point guard.
He looked good. Him running the 1 and me being the first time really practicing and stuff like that, I get to see how he processes stuff and it’s important for me to be able to play off of him and play with him. James is gonna be James, he’s always going to look good. Nobody’s too worried about him here. Per Ky Carlin of USA Today.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers sounds off on James Harden
During his time in Houston, Harden was one of the game’s most prolific scorers. However, in recent years he’s leaned more into being a facilitator.
Given all the firepower the Sixers have on their roster, Harden is not expected to carry a heavy burden scoring-wise. Alongside players like Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris, his primary focus is putting those around him in the best position to succeed.
Harden will need to find a proper balance between scorer and facilitator, and he appears to already be doing so. Following the first day of camp, head coach Doc Rivers touched on the star guard’s offensive play.
He looked fine. He was trying to run the team more than score today, so you didn’t see a lot of–but there were a couple of buckets when we needed a bucket so you clearly saw him assert himself. He was good.
Harden managed to seamlessly intergrade himself on the Sixers last year after being acquired at the deadline. Now with an entire offseason and training camp under his belt, there is no telling what he’ll be able to do in his first full season in Philly.
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