Though many have maligned the 2017-18 MVP for how he goes about his craft, which sometimes includes exaggerating contact, Spoelstra believes Harden is a genius. He practically stopped short of calling Harden the best in league history at drawing fouls from his opponents.
Erik Spoelstra on James Harden, "He has the genius nuances to be able to draw fouls like I've never seen anybody be able to do it."
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 27, 2019
Free-throw attempts are an excellent measuring stick of how good a player is at creating contact. For most of his career, Harden has been one of the league leaders in free-throw attempts. In fact, he has led the league in free-throw attempts six times and is on pace to do it again this season.
Additionally, the seven-time All-Star is on track to set a career-high this season as he has a total of 241 free-throw attempts so far and is currently averaging 14.2 free-throw attempts per game.
Regardless of his methods, Harden is extremely effective at drawing fouls, and Spoelstra may have hit the nail on the head on how to properly describe the 6-foot-5 guard’s unusual talent.