JAMES Harden is officially the Houston Rockets’ full-time point guard.
This according to new Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni during the team’s media day.
"With James you make a joke he's a 'points guard' because he's going to score some points," he said.
“He's more or less responsible giving rhythm to the team, that's what a point guard does. He's going to be on the ball and he's going to be distributing the ball and it will take some adjusting,” D’Antoni told reporters on what his star’s role would be in his new up-tempo offense.
“He's got a lot more responsibilities as a point guard. A playcaller, a good basketball mind, he's already telling guys we can do this we can do that.”
Playing as Houston’s primary scoring option ever since he was traded by Oklahoma City in 2012, Harden managed career-highs last season: 7.5 assists per game to go along with 29 points and 6.1 rebounds.
For being the focal point of the offense, the 27-year old guard has to take care of the ball, judging by his 4.6 turnovers per outing.
Asked if he sees himself as a point guard Harden remarked, "No, I'm a basketball player."
Discussing his new role, the four-time NBA All-Star responded, "Just a lot of trust. My teammates trust in me to make the right decision whether it’s scoring or whether it’s making a play. We have a lot of guys who are more than capable to create and knock down shots and that's what is going to open our floor. A lot more guys are going to get open shots left and right."