Originally Posted by KC_Connection
Harden's career WS/48 rate is 8th among active players in the NBA right now (behind LeBron, Paul, Duncan, Dirk, Durant, Wade, and Ginobili). Has struggled in the playoffs for the last two seasons as a #1 option, but he's a really good player overall. His normally great offensive efficiency alone makes the Rockets a good team.
Not questioning him as an offensive player, but like Melo, the defensive liability he comes with drops him quite a bit down on the list of players I'd want to see on my team. He's so far ended up with dashed playoff hopes along with other guys that have the same reputation for being soft on defense- many times more for lack of effort or caring than ability.
I also get it's a high high bar of guys that are + level elites on both ends.