James Harden and the Sixers agreed to a new two-year, $68.6 million contract back on July 20.

Many people have commented on Harden giving up money to allow the team to add more depth to their roster with P.J. Tucker and Danuel House signing in free agency becasue Harden took less money.

While Harden still had a very solid season, he wasn't the same scoring machine that NBA fans remember when he was in Houston, where he averaged 29.6 points per game during his nine seasons with the Rockets.

In 21 regular season games with Philadelphia, Harden scored just 21 points per game, and just under 20 points per game in the 12 playoff games.

So what version of Harden will the Sixers get this season?

According to NBA front office insider Bobby Marks, he think Harden is set to make a major impact this season.

"I think we're going to be talking about James Harden in the top three when we talk about MVP conversation this year," Marks said.


When asked where Philadelphia would finish in the Eastern Conference if Harden has that type of season, Marks replied, "they're going to the conference finals".

Marks said he has Philadelphia and Boston in the conference finals right now.

"I think this is a redemption year, a contract year for Harden - I think we're going to see the Houston version of James Harden in Philadelphia."

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