Originally Posted by Claudius
He's overrated in terms of how 'great' he is.
Does he put up big numbers? Yes. He's the primary option on that team. He's always been a natural scorer. That's never been his problem.
He was a better overall player on OKC though. He had a role and he excelled at it. Hence, my comment that he was rated essentially where he should be to slightly underrated to now being overrated.
And if Demar were to average that, I would still question the validity of the contract. It's a matter of how does he improve his teammates game (if at all). A max player (with today's economics) should help improve the overall team not only for himself but by improving the play of others. If not, he will likely be handicap (small or large) in the future.
This all essentially boils down to the argument of, who is worth a max contract and who is not. I understand market forces dictate that, but for arguments sake, I throw that notion out the window.
Today’s economics?? You have borderline all-star’s receiving close to max type dollars. In that context, people are getting overpaid like crazy. Harden has definitely been a good addition to the Rockets. We somehow equate “max,” with hamstringing the team indefinitely. They still have young assets, draft picks, and cap space to add to that. In no way shape or form are they done yet.