The fact that Chris Paul and James Harden so clearly belong on this list is what makes the Houston Rockets so utterly unwatchable and unlikable. It’s a real shame too, considering CP3 and Beard might be one of the greatest backcourts in NBA history. Harden is a walking loophole.
Drawing free throws is a skill, and man is James Harden good at it. Harden has led the league in free throw attempts five straight seasons and he’ll do just about anything to draw the foul, kicking his feet out or whipping his head back like he’s just been decapitated driving to the rim. If there’s a rule in the book, Harden will find a way to exploit it. It’s an insanely useful skill, if you can get away with it. And he usually does.