â†µFor most of the game, ASU looked like it had never seen a zone defense. Down 4-5 possessions in the final 10 minutes of the game, the Devils took 20 seconds lazily passing the ball around the perimeter every time down. It'd always end in Harden (easily) driving to the rim and missing a gimme, or one of his teammates taking an errant three.
â†µHarden's draft stock will likely plummet under the weight of failed expectations (just as tournament stars -- like Jonny Flynn -- climb the ladder). He can, and probably will, make up ground in work-outs. But there are a few matters working against him. His body won't impress many -- he's a stocky, short wing who can't leap over chasms or win a 100-yard dash. His greatest attributes beyond his phenomenal scoring ability are his so-called baskeball IQ and Brandon Roy-like pace control -- you can't exactly replicate those in an empty gym.
â†µFurther, half the league (including most of the lottery) is reportedly hemorrhaging cash, and the whirlwind travel schedules for college scouts of yesteryear have likely shrunk. How many times has your given NBA GM seen Harden in person? If only once or twice, these three high-profile suckfests can't be good for the overall outlook. And once someone suffers in the conventional wisdom (which is where Harden is now), it'll take a paradigm-shifting occurrence to reverse course.â†µ
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