James Harden at the point guard position turned out better than anyone imagined but it still wasn’t enough when it counted. Chris Paul gives the Rockets a true point guard that can make the game easier for everyone on the court. The Rockets offense was powerful but extremely dependent on the three-pointer, Paul can come in and create opportunities closer to the rim for his teammates. Harden at the point guard position was simply penetrating and dishing for assists--Paul will actually probe the defense and set up players with high-quality shots.
2) Harden’s Game:
James Harden can now play off the ball and relinquish some of the ball-handling responsibility that last year cost him his stamina in Western Conference Semis. He can now take his offensive talents and focus them solely on being the most dominant scorer on the floor. Paul will undoubtedly make the game easier for Harden once they build proper chemistry on the court as well. Turnovers have also been a weakness in Harden’s game and now with Paul he will definitely see a healthy drop in that category.
1) Clutch Scoring:
Harden has come up short during the playoffs before but now he has as legitimate star with him that can carry the load. The Rockets now have options down the stretch of games with Paul out on the floor. Coach D’Antoni’s offense enhanced Steve Nash’s game years ago, can it do the same for Chris Paul? The system in place will likely put Paul in position to score and score often. Bottom line, the team has added another star to the roster and teams facing the Rockets now have to play Harden one on one at the end of games.