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NBA Draft 2013: Shabazz Muhammad Comparison to James Harden

January 27, 2013

Shabazz Muhammad

Let’s take a comparison between Shabazz Muhammad and Houston Rockets star James Harden.  See Shabazz Muhammad NBA Projection.

Tale of the Tape

They are very similar in terms of size.

Player

Muhammad

Harden

Height

6’6

6’5

Weight

223

220

Wingspan

6’11

6’11

Athleticism

In-terms of leaping ability and explosiveness, advantage Shabazz. However, Harden is athletic enough that it doesn’t really affect his effectiveness. He uses craftiness and strength.

Style of Play

Harden is a penetrator while Shabazz is scorer.  Harden scores points by driving to the basket and drawing fouls.  Muhammad has a more of a midrange type of game with using pull-up jumpers, post-ups and floaters.

Production

The table below compares Harden’s college years to Muhammad’s freshman year through January 27, 2013.  The difference in their style is obvious in the numbers.  Harden has more assists, turnovers and free throw attempts.

Year Shabazz Frosh Harden Frosh Harden Soph
Points

18.2

17.8

20.1

Rebounds

4.8

5.3

5.6

Assists

0.9

3.2

4.2

Minutes

29.4

34.1

35.8

Turnovers

1.8

2.6

3.4

FG%

47.5%

52.7%

48.9%

FT%

71.7%

75.4%

75.6%

3PT%

43.6%

40.7%

35.6%

FGA

13.6

10.9

12.9

FTA

5.5

6.6

7.7

3PTA

3.1

3.2

4.7

Final Thoughts

Harden is not a great comparison for Shabazz.  Shabazz is a scorer while Harden is a drive and dish player.

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