James Harden knew Mike D'Antoni was innovative but he was surprised by the thought of playing point guard full time.
“I was shocked,” Harden said. “But I’ve always been a really good passer and a playmaker. As training camp came along and I started handling it, it came easier. I’m still learning to do it at a high level every single night. You are in control of the ball 90 percent of the game. But it feels good. Guys are getting shots, guys are happy and that’s what matters."
The Houston Rockets have a 32-11 record to begin the season with Harden playing like an MVP candidate.
D'Antoni saw a way to make Harden even better.
“I watched a lot of tape of him,” D’Antoni said. “His skills are enormous. Point guard made sense. He was that anyway. We just cut the fat off. The way he plays now, he’s making an impact every minute. So we can play him less minutes. And he’s fresher.”