Being able to draw fouls on the offensive end is one thing, but doing it so you average over 14.3 FTA per game in the last 6 games is vile and disgusting. More than HALF of the calls on the defensive players guarding James Harden were scenarios in which Harden initiating the contact by extending his arms and body to “hook” or “pull” the defense with him, resulting in a foul.
What are you supposed to do if you’re a defender? Just stand still and put your arms behind your back? That’s what San Antonio did a few games ago, because there’s nothing a defender can do when the NBA respects the offensive end of the floor more than the defensive side.
I believe that if it’s a blatant attempt at initiating the contact to draw a foul, and where there is no legitimate / high-quality shot in the process, then it should be an offensive foul. Look at Harden’s stats the past 6 games…
FT’s — 76/84 roughly 12/14 per game (90%).
FG’s — 66/146 roughly 11/24 per game (45%).
This needs to stop, as what was once a fun team to watch has turned into Harden ISO ball with more makes at the FT line than makes in the field on inefficient shooting. What a terrible brand of basketball he has — without his free throws and manipulation of the foul system, he would be a no-defense chucker.