We all know that James Harden is a superstar. His jumpshot is pure, and his drive to the basket is sensational.
But, there has been one move that Harden has added to his offensive arsenal, and it's brought his game to an all new, unstoppable level this season.
And that is the step-back jumper.
NBA iso scoring leader from last 3 seasons:— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 13, 2017
2015-16 — James Harden, 6.4 ppg
2016-17 — James Harden, 6.6 ppg
2017-18 — James Harden, 10.6 ppg
Here’s why the Beard has soared into a different stratosphere: https://t.co/z0O1CtFkcT
Harden has become probably the best iso-scorer in the NBA today.
As a defender, it's virtually impossible to guard Harden one-on-one, as he has so many weapons in his arsenal to get the ball in the basket.
The step-back has made Harden that much more unstoppable, as shown in this video against the Cavaliers earlier this season.
James Harden— Red Nation BR (@RedNationBR) November 10, 2017
You can't even try and play up on him to guard the step-back, because he'll just blow right by you on his way to the rim.
Trying to guard James Harden on an iso is harder than trying to cut your fingernails with a butter knife pic.twitter.com/8f609fLvdz— NBA (@TheNBASoul) December 8, 2017
Whoever has to guard Harden one-on-one, you just have to feel bad for them.
His step-back is just too lethal to handle.