James Harden and Old-School NBA Stars Who Transcend Eras

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James Harden and Old-School NBA Stars Who Transcend Eras
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Guys like James Harden harken back to a different time in the NBA.

For one thing, there aren't many players with his talent who would so willingly accept a bench role. Harden, of course, had played the part without making a peep and earned this season's Sixth Man of the Year award for his efforts.

More importantly, Harden's electric scoring off the bench has been instrumental to the Oklahoma City Thunder's sustained success.

On the court, the vintage tendencies are even more discernible. Harden plays a well-rounded game, letting the offense come to him rather than forcing up shots in a bid to pad his celebrity. His slashing ability relies on craftiness and skill rather than sheer athleticism, a throwback to a time when the game's best were neither as strong nor quick as they are today.

And of course, it goes without saying that beard isn't from this era.

Here are a few other stars who look like they just stepped out of a time machine.

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