What They're Saying: About James Harden

By Mike Baldwin Published: September 30, 2009
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"He’s going to do very well. He’s a guy that already has an NBA body. Very mature for his age. (He) can do just about everything — penetrate, shoot and pass. He’s going to help us in different areas. He can play the 1 through 3. He causes match-up problems for smaller guards, can post them up and he’s also a knock-down shooter. That’s what we need.” — Kevin Durant

"He’s fitting in well but it’s going to be a process for him just like any other young guy... He’ll help us as a facilitator. He’s very skilled offensively. But it will continually take time for him to learn and grow. We’re pleased with where he is. But James understands he has a lot of work to do. He accepts that. He respects that.” — general manger Sam Presti

"(Harden) is a young guy who is mature on the basketball court for his age. He’s only 20 years old. He’s a good shooter, a lefty who can put it on the floor and find guys (with passes). He’s a big, solid player who is strong and can play on both ends. He’s going to be a good addition for us.” — Jeff Green

"I’m trying to stay focused on things that are important. You’re not in college anymore. You’re with the best of the best, playing against the best guys in the world. You have to get your rest, eat right, lock in and listen. There are so many veteran coaches and players out there, any advantage you can get you take it.” — James Harden