The Best Duo In The NBA
The League is loaded with Batman/Superman Duos. Players who Dominate games together , even if one is having an off night the other always steps up in their absence. Curry/Durant , Lebron/Kyrie , Lowry/Derozan , Leonard/Aldridge only to name a few.
This season we get to see something rare , only a few cases like this have happened over the years in the NBA. To name 2 , Jackson/Jordan & Popovich/Duncan. This season the best duo is not 2 players , but 1 player and a Coach.
The James Harden & Mike D’antoni Duo in Houston is a match made in heaven. D'Antoni is known for his fast paced offense most notably for his time in Phoenix during the Steve Nash Era. James Harden style of play goes perfectly with D’antoni style of coaching , and the results are Historic.
James Harden is having the best season of his Career under the helm of Mike D’Antoni. Moved to the Point Guard Position at the beginning of the season , solidifying his position as the leader of this Houston team , Harden has put this team on his back and made them undoubted contenders in the tough western conference. With averages of 29.1ppg , 11.1apg , 8.2rebs , shooting 45% from the field and 35% from deep he is virtually unstoppable. He & D’antoni has led the team to a (35–15) record sitting at 3rd in the West & 2nd in their division.
Harden is on Pace to win the NBA MVP award and he would be the 1st to do so in Houston since Hakeem was Dream Shake’n on your favorite center in the early 90s.
Since his Days with the Steve Nash Phoenix Suns , Mike D’antoni has had rough run ins , he has coached Star players most notably Kobe Bryant & Dwight Howard in LA during the 2012–2013 & 2013- 2014 Season. In a controversial decision to hire D’antoni as the Los Angeles head coach which had fans and media baffled , D’antoni took over and the results were not as expected . With an overall record of (67–87) D’antoni’s Stint with the lakers was deemed a failure.
The pairing of these two is what the NBA , the fans & one another needed. D’antoni has transformed Harden into even more of a Offensive Juggernaut than he already was and Harden has given D’antoni the credibility as a coach he hasnt had since his days in Phoenix.
Hopefully we get to see more of this Duo for many more year to come.