More importantly, Harden is doing it on the best team in the NBA. With Harden on the court, the Rockets have outscored opponents by an average of 10.2 points per 100 possessions. They’ve been more dominant with Harden and Chris Paul on the court together, but they’ve still outscored opponents by 8.6 points per 100 possessions with Harden on the court and Paul on the bench. It’s helped them win 47 games, giving the Rockets a slight edge over the Warriors for the best record in the Western Conference.
The Rockets also own the tiebreaker should they finish the season with the same record as the Warriors. Harden didn’t play in the one game the Rockets lost to the Warriors this season, but he played in the two other games and carried them to a pair of impressive victories.
While it was less of a problem at the start of the season, Anunoby has struggled with his 3-point shot over the last couple of months. After making 44.8 percent of his 3-point attempts in November and December, he has made 23.3 percent of his 3-point attempts in January and February.
As a result, he’s gone from scoring 6.7 points per game to 4.7 points per game, the difference between Anunoby being the 21st-highest scoring rookie and the 39th-highest scoring rookie this season. The only starters currently averaging less points per game than him on the season are either defensive specialists or 7-footers playing around 20 minutes per game.
After a middling Senior Bowl, Davenport’s draft stock is all over the place. He’s obviously packed with potential, but he’s limited right now as being a standup pass rusher. That fits in Tennessee where Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan both only have a year left on their contracts.
Although Bryan isn’t exactly a direct stylistic replacement for Dontari Poe, he would give the Falcons another disruptive player up the middle on defense. Bryan is at his best when he can use his aggressiveness to create pocket pressure.
Tight ends are often the popular choice for the Saints in the first round, but they still need some talent at linebacker. Evans showed at Alabama he’s coming, playing on the inside and occasionally blitzing from the edge. He’s a three-down player who sort of fills two needs for New Orleans. There should be tight end depth in the second round.