The final first-round matchup of the NBA Summer Showdown is between two players who are polar opposites of each other.
It is a halfcourt game in which the scoring increments are 1 point for everything inside the arc and 2 points for everything outside the arc, so long-distance bombers will do well in our tourney. The higher seed starts off with the ball and the first player to 11 points wins. The possession switches every time the ball is scored, and your votes determine the winner.
James Harden (2nd Seed)
Harden is notorious for his poor defensive effort. He appears, at times, to actually fall asleep on defense. The Rockets have to start Patrick Beverley just so they can try and hide Harden somehow. He won't be able to defend anyone in this tournament.
The good news for Harden is that he is fantastic on offense. He is in some ways like a left-handed Kobe Bryant. He gets a lot of points in a plethora of ways, but he still manages to pad his other stats. The left-handedness of Harden will be an advantage too.
Andre Iguodala (7th Seed)
Iguodala is the polar opposite of Harden. He's a defensive-oriented player who has a passable offensive game. He has terrific size for a guard. He has awesome perimeter defense to slow down guys like Steph Curry who thrive on the perimeter. He forces the outside shooters to try and attack the hoop, and that's to be expected against Harden.
Another bonus for Iguodala is that he won't have to be that good at offense to score on Harden. He should be able to score just fine in this format. This could be a huge upset to end the first round.
Now It's Your Turn
This is where you decide the outcome. Vote on the poll below and make sure to let your opinion be known in the comments of this article.