James Harden is a terrific offensive talent. He is easily top 10 in the league in offensive skill. On the flip side of that, his defense is so bad that it is a bit of a legend. According to a report Sheridan Hoops, he is focusing on becoming a lockdown defender now:
I spoke to several members of the USAB staff, and behind the scenes they were amazed at how good James Harden has become as an overall player since his last tour with Team USA two years ago. The fact that he came in and was focused on being a lockdown defender blew them away.
When he wants to play defense, Harden is very capable. We already know he is one of the premier offensive players in the game. […] But now I am being told Harden is getting it done on the other end, which has always been the major complaint about his game.
If he is at least trying to play defense, it is a step in the right direction. I am sure Rockets fans will be thrilled if he can just avoid plays like this: