Why are people acting like Harden and Westbrook only know how to play with extremely high usage rates?

James Harden PPG/APG/USG%

|Season|PPG|APG|USG%|
:–|–:|–:|–:|
|2012-2013|25.9|5.8|29|
|2013-2014|25.4|6.1|27.8|
|2014-2015|27.4|7|31.3|
|2015-2016|29|7.5|32.5|
|2016-2017|29.1|11.2|34.2|
|2017-2018|30.4|8.8|36.1|
|2018-2019|36.1|7.5|40.5|

Harden’s first 2 seasons as a star with the Rockets does not have him with an extremely high usage rate. It only started to skyrocket a season before and after Mike D’Antoni got here. It only shows that Harden is perfectly capable of producing at a high level even without absurdly high usage rates.

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Russell Westbrook PPG/APG/USG%

|Season|PPG|APG|USG%|
:–|–:|–:|–:|
|2012-2013|23.2|7.4|32.8|
|2013-2014|21.8|6.9|34.4|
|2014-2015|28.1|8.6|38.4|
|2015-2016|23.5|10.4|31.6|
|2016-2017|31.6|10.4|41.7|
|2017-2018|25.4|10.3|34.1|
|2018-2019|22.9|10.7|30.9|

Russ’ usage rates were more erratic than Harden’s which showed a steady increase but last year actually saw his usage decline by a lot, showing that’s he’s perfectly capable of producing at a high level even with declining usage rate.



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