Is James Harden the NBA's Best Lefty?

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Is James Harden the NBA's Best Lefty?
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In an episode of “The B.S. Report,” the question was posed to James Harden: how many extra points does being a lefty get you, per game?

Harden’s answer: from five to seven.

The NBA is overwhelmingly right-handed, and defenders learn to play it this way. This gives all lefties a distinct edge: they’re being guarded by professionals, of course, but the inertia of muscle memory is strong, and mental lapses still occur. This opens quite a lot of doors for those of the less common dominant hand.

Harden just may be the best in the league at exploiting this advantage. He might also be the most important lefty to his team, in the league—the left-handed MVP, so to speak. But let’s take a look at his competition, just to be sure there's not another lefty, who makes even more of a positive difference in the wins column, for his squad.

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