In an appearance on the 100 Thieves podcast Selfmade, the Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey claimed that Rockets’ guard James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan:
“It’s just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan now … You give James Harden the ball and before you’re giving up the ball how many points do you generate, which is how you should measure offense, James Harden is by far No. 1 in NBA history and he was No.1 even at the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It’s just he was coming off the bench and he was a little more hidden. So you needed good data to suss that out. So we knew he had that amazing skill to be a scorer … If you put Michael Jordan on a team now, he would do more than James Harden.
That’s possible, but if you’re just saying NBA history, if you give this guy the ball, how much does his team score after you give him the ball before the other team gets the ball, it’s James Harden. I know that makes people mad, it’s just literally a fact,” Morey said.
This past season, Harden averaged 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.