His stock and potential destinations

With the regular season nearly complete, we have seen enough from each player to evaluate them and their upcoming free-agency situation. We decided to look at some of the best upcoming free agents and check their stock, see what their next contract could look like, and weigh their odds of re-signing with their current team.

Below we evaluate one of the top upcoming free agents, James Harden.

Free agent stock

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Harden’s stock is as high as it could be for a 14-year veteran seeking a maximum contract. He’s still playing at an extremely high level and projects to be the best guard and player in 2023 free agency. His value to the Sixers is immeasurable and they won’t be able to replace him if he leaves.

His partnership on offense with Joel Embiid is working as well as the Sixers hoped when they acquired him. His athleticism has declined as expected but he’s compensated for that by maintaining his high level of shooting. His 62.3 percent true shooting is his best mark since becoming a starter and his off-the-dribble shooting remains dangerous.

Perhaps the biggest evidence on the box score of a physical decline is the significant drop in his free throw rate from last season. His attempts at the line have naturally decreased since leaving Houston since he’s no longer the first option on offense. But his 6.6 attempts per game, in comparison to 8.2 last season, is a significant drop and represents his lowest free-throw rate since his Oklahoma City days

While Harden can still score at a high level when needed, his role has shifted towards more of a distributor than ever before. His 10.8 assists per game are just shy of his career high in 2017, but the difference is that he’s making way more passes. He never was in the upper echelon among players who made the most passes per game as a Rocket. Since leaving the Rockets, he’s never been lower than fourth in the league in passes per game. He is averaging a career-high 70 passes per game, which represents the third-best mark in the league right behind Nikola Jokic and Tyrese Haliburton. This shift in his role this early on in this later…


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Publish date : 2023-03-14 22:53:49

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