Houston Rockets: James Harden, Strip Clubs, & More

A look at the Raptors & a fan who links strip clubs with Harden’s performance

During the Rocket’s game against the Golden State Warriors, James Harden marked the highest point total through eight games since Michael Jordan. Harden has scored 292 points, a few points short of Michael Jordan, with 303 in 1988-89.

Russell Westbrook had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. P.J. Tucker had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Clint Capela added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Austin Rivers was 4 for 4 from 3 with 12 points.

The Houston Rockets are currently second in the Southwest Division, 5-3. James Harden, Clint Capela, and Russell Westbrook are the shining stars so far this season.

James Harden is one of the best players in the league and has helped the Houston Rockets to a 5-3 record to start the season. After leading the league in scoring last season with an average of 36.1 points per game, he’s gone even higher with an average so far of 36.5 points per game. The Rocket’s leader is also down for most points in a game with 59 so far in a single game.

On the defensive end, however, the team currently ranks 29th in defensive rating per Fox sports ratings, ahead of only the New Orlean Pelicans – a team that has already seen several of their best players go down with an injury.

The Rockets are currently 29th in the NBA when it comes to defending in transition. No matter what, they’re bad at this, but with Westbrook, they become the worst in the NBA by a large margin.

For a team that considers themselves to be among the league’s elite that will be contending for a championship come playoff time, their current level of play on the defensive side of the ball is the furthest thing from acceptable.

 

So, where do the strippers come into this?

The World Wide Web is a wonderful place sometimes isn’t it?

James Harden

Reddit user Ryan Sullivan shone a light on just how Harden performs on the road and how his impact differs depending on which city he is in and the quality of that city’s strip clubs.

 

This is how he worked it out:

“Poor Performances were determined by variances in 6 stats: Points, FG%, 3PT%, FT%, Assists and Turnovers. For each of these stats I compared Harden’s overall season average to the city-specific season average. I identified 2 categories of poor performances,” he wrote.

“Sub-Par — Harden performed WORSE than season average, and

“Very Sub-Par — Harden performed 20%+ WORSE than season average.

“I analysed his poor performances across each of the NBA’s 28 different cities (did not look at home games so no Houston, there are 2 teams in LA, and I distinguished between Brooklyn and NYC = 28 cities).

“City Strip Club Rating was determined by the average google review rating for the first 10 strip clubs in each city based on the google search “[CITY] Strip Clubs” (e.g., “Detroit Strip clubs”). Yes, this did involve me making like 30+ searches for strip clubs on my work cpu…

“Finally, I put the City Strip Club Rating into the pivoted game log data, performed a regression analysis and visualised it into charts.”

The work was incredibly thorough and the results speak for themselves.

“I have proven, to a statistically significant degree, that James Harden’s game performance declines in cities with higher rated strip clubs,” he wrote.

“Correlation Coefficient – r – (between avg strip club rating and total # of sub-par games) = .4575.

“Given the nature of the subject matter, this would be considered a moderate-to-strong correlation.

“Coefficient of Determination – r2 – (between avg strip club rating and total # of sub-par games) = .21.

“This means that James Harden’s box score is 20% predictable based on the quality of a city’s strip clubs.”

Bad news for the Rockets is that three of the top five cities with the highest rated strip clubs are located in the Western Conference and two teams reside in one city.

The top five are as follows:

Miami, Chicago, Utah, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.

So for teams looking to throw one of the game’s best players off his game, the answer is simple and won’t affect the team’s cap at all.

Invest in your cities strip club establishments and watch Harden deliver a below-par game.

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