Harden: 16.8 ppg, TS 63.4%
Williams: 15.7 ppg, TS 52.4%
Harden has the slight edge in points per game, and a huge edge in efficiency. Lou Williams actually leads the 76ers in scoring from the bench, while Harden is behind Durant and Westbrook in scoring. Harden is second in the NBA in points per shot only behind Dwight Howard. Lou Williams is 46th. For a guard to be second in the league, ahead of people like Tyson Chandler who only dunks is truly remarkable.
Harden: 18.6% AST, 13.8 TOV%
Williams: 23.7% AST, 7 TOV%
Williams comes in as the point guard and Harden at shooting guard, so that plays into these stats. However Harden handles the play plenty and they are both guards so no excuses. Lou takes care of the ball really well for his high usage rate, helping lead the 76ers to a league low in turnovers per game.
Harden: 7.3 TRB%, 1.6% STL, .6% BLK
Williams: 4.7 TRB%, 1.7% STL, .7% BLK
These stats are so close it really doesn’t make a difference. Harden rebounds slightly better, that is about it. Some people might wants to over analyze all these miscellaneous stats, but I don’t.
Harden: 21.5% Usage rate, PER 21.03
Williams: 28.8% Usage rate, PER 21.30
Both Harden and Williams have almost identical player efficiency ratings, but with Harden having the lower usage rate. PER is measured in a per minute basis, and doesn’t account for usage rate. So Harden is more efficient in his player efficiency rating, doing more with less. If that makes any sense. If it doesn’t blame John Hollinger.
Finally, team records of course come into play. Right now Thunder are have a league best record of 27-7. That is seven games ahead of the 20 and 14 76ers. So as of right now it looks like it is going to be a run away victory for James Harden. His scoring and team wins should wrap this up comfortably. Both guys are great at embracing their 6th man role and helping their teams to some great playoff seeding. Lets hope they 6th man shooters stay hot for the second half.
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