James Harden gives the Toronto Raptors consistent scoring
So far this season, they are worse than originally expected. This Raptors team should be in a conversation of being one of the top teams in the east or at least being a guaranteed playoff team. Instead of that, they are at the bottom of the east. Despite their performance during the Sacramento Kings game, Toronto could still do a trade to strengthen the team more and have a better chance to be in the playoffs.
James Harden could be the answer to get Toronto back to being a winning team. His consistent scoring helps the Raptors inconsistency in that area. Harden along with Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet gives the team an even stronger backcourt than right now that would be hard to stop them from getting buckets.
It sounds good on paper because they could be a championship-contending team. With Harden’s style of play and ego, will it work? If he does not play the same way as he did with the Rockets and if he listens to Raptors President Masai Ujiri, General Manager Bobby Webster, and Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse on how they want him to play, then yes it will work.
If Nurse can get Harden to buy in his system instead of not giving Harden the 99 percent of the whole game but share the ball and shoot it when they need him to the most, that’s a contending team. And I think he will buy in because I think he has no other choice but to listen to Nurse. The only reason Harden wants to be traded away from Houston is that he wants to win a championship.
He’s not going to win if he dribbles the ball 99 percent every single game while taking most of the shots. It didn’t work in Houston, so it definitely wouldn’t work in Toronto or with any other team in the league.