Erik Spoelstra Heavily Praises James Harden, Calls His Ability to Draw Fouls ‘Genius’'
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Ahead of their matchup against the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra could not hide his appreciation for James Harden and his ability to draw fouls.

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.

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.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.