The Thunder has admittedly been working on things this preseason. There has been some eyebrow-raising play on the defensive end (meaning it hasn’t been great) and in some regards, a few of the issues from last season haven’t been tightened up.
But it’s preseason and this stuff doesn’t matter a ton. For example, the Minnesota Timberwolves are 5-1.
However, one player in particular has impressed me. Not by anything huge he’s improved in his game or big development on one end. It’s just a minor thing he’s doing.
James Harden is shooting a ridiculous amount of free throws.
Not counting the CSKA Moscow game that wasn’t against an NBA team and which Harden didn’t play much, in five preseason games, Harden has attempted 49 free throws. And that’s in only around 30 minutes a game. That’s kind of incredible. Keep Reading…