After leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden took his game to another level evolving into a true franchise player capable of leading his team to the playoffs. You could even argue Harden is the most skilled offensive player and 36 points per game he posted last season are a good indicator of his skillset.
During this process, Harden showed he can be innovative as well and you can even argue he popularized the step-back move that gets a lot of attention from the media. In a recent interview for ESPN, Harden hopes his move becomes iconic the same way in which several other players immortalized certain moves.
“You know how Mike has his fadeaway and Dirk has his one-leg and [Kareem] had the skyhook, I want my stepback to be one of those moves that last forever. So when I travel around the world and I see little kids saying, ‘Hey James, I got a stepback!’—I love to see that.””
Harden is inspired to see little kids in the parks use his move and says being a creator is one aspect of his career which doesn’t get enough credit. He is proud he is able to shape the game of basketball in his own way and this is something he was dreaming about ever since being a little kid playing basketball in the park.
“It’s me being a creator and me being an innovator and paving the way in basketball in my own way, doing it how I want to do it, and that’s what it’s all about. As a little kid playing in these parks, that’s what I imagined, that’s what I dreamed of. Now it’s coming to reality, so it’s pretty cool.”