Rockets general manager Daryl Morey had high praise for his MVP point guard James Harden and argued that his seven-time NBA All-Star was a better scorer than Michael Jordan–a take he acknowledged he gets "a lot of s--- for."
"It's just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan," Morey said Thursday on the "Selfmade with Nadeshot" podcast. "Based on literally, like you give James Harden the ball and before you're giving up the ball how many points do you generate? Which is how you should measure offense. James Harden is by far No. 1 in NBA history."
However, Houston's GM conceded that there are holes in his argument.
"The counterargument is reasonable," Morey said. "They say if you put Michael Jordan on a team now he would do more than James Harden. That's possible. But if you're just saying: 'NBA history, if you give this guy the ball, how much does his team score after you give him the ball before the other team gets the ball?' It's James Harden. And I know that makes people mad, but it's literally a fact."
Harden, a two-time scoring champion, averaged 36.1 points per game last season en route to a Western Conference Semifinals playoff appearance with the Rockets.
Over the span of a 15-season NBA career, Jordan became a 10-time scoring champion, six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP and five-time MVP with a career average of 30.1 points per game while shooting 49.7% from the field.
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