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Jalen Rose calls out James Harden for underperforming: "His stats look like concert tour dates"

Jalen Rose called out James Harden for not being dominant enough and says he will have to play like an MVP in the playoffs
Jalen Rose calls out James Harden and says he would have to play like an MVP in the playoffs

James Harden will once again have an opportunity to finally make an impact in the postseason

Jalen Rose called out James Harden to step up big time if the Philadelphia 76ers want to have any chance of winning an NBA championship this season.

Harden will have to step up

The Philadelphia 76ers fans were relieved when their front office finally traded Ben Simmons for James Harden, but it seems Harden is no longer the same player that we all know in terms of dominance on the floor. The 33-year-old shooting guard is still one of the best combo guards in the NBA, but for Jalen Rose, Harden will have to elevate his game even more if the Sixers want to have any chance of winning a championship. While appearing on the NBA Countdown show on ESPN, Jalen Rose stated Harden isn't efficient enough for the Sixers and compared his shooting nights with tour dates, which was pretty amusing. 

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"His stats have to look like his MVP years in Houston when they were super-sized, and now they look like concert tour dates. I was just looking at them; 4 from 15, 4 from 12, 3 from 12. He is on tour, he is going to need the ball".

The reality is that this has been Harden's least efficient season ever since he came to the NBA. Harden is averaging 21 points, 10.5 assists, and 7 rebounds per game which are great numbers, but his inconsistency in terms of shooting has been hurting the Sixers, especially against better teams in the league. Whether Harden will improve his playing in the playoffs against the Toronto Raptors remains to be seen, but the Sixers will need him on an MVP level from now on moving forward.

Looking for a big contract in the offseason

With Joel Embiid playing on an MVP level and a decent supporting cast, James Harden will once again find himself in an opportunity to make a deep playoff run. So far, he's been one of the biggest losers in elimination games in the playoffs and is simply not a winner yet in the postseason. The main criticism he faces is that he often disappears in big games and will have an excellent opportunity to redeem himself in a Sixers jersey. 

He is also expected to opt-out of his contract this season, looking for a new long-term deal worth around $200 million, so it's in his best personal interest to play like an MVP in the playoffs. Winning an NBA title would most likely secure him a contract of a lifetime he is hoping to get after this season. 

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