Sixers: 3 reasons James Harden will look better next season

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All signs point toward James Harden returning to the Sixers next season. The exact details of his contract are still undetermined, but the former MVP and future Hall of Fame guard will be back for his first full season in a Philadelphia uniform. That’s safe to assume.

For some fans, the thought of Harden’s imminent return sparks feelings of concern, even disgust. He flopped massively in the Sixers’ Game 6 loss to Miami, and he never quite managed to recapture the explosive scoring talent that once defined his game in Houston. Instead, he looked slow and labored. He was still very good, but he had to work harder for each bucket, and he focused much more on playmaking for others, rather than carrying the offense with his own shot-making.

That said, Harden’s season averages in Philly remain quite impressive on the surface: 21.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 10.5 assists on 60.1 percent true shooting in 21 regular season games with the franchise. Very few NBA players are capable of such well-rounded production, so even the diminished version of Harden is quite beneficial for this team. Plus, there’s every reason to believe he might look even better next season. Here’s why.

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