James Harden has 99 problems, and they all have to do with Steph Curry

Last season’s two primary MVP candidates, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (the winner) and James Harden of the Houston Rockets (the runner-up), couldn’t have started this season off in a more different fashion.

Curry has been on fire. He’s the human version of the flame emoji. He’s enjoying one of the greatest starts to a season by anyone ever, and looks to be the dominant favorite for an MVP repeat.

Harden, meanwhile, has struggled to score efficiently and consistently, and the Rockets have suffered as a result. 

Comparing the two, at this point, simply isn’t fair. Curry is the best player in the league right now. Harden, while still a top-10 talent for sure, hasn’t performed anywhere near that level. 

But, for argument’s sake, let’s take a look at arguably the biggest difference between the two (and often the biggest difference between Curry and anyone else): Their three-point percentage. 

According to ESPN.com’s Tom Haberstroh, Curry could miss 99 consecutive three-pointers and still be more efficient than Harden from deep:

It’s safe to say that James Harden has 99 problems, and they all have to do with how great Stephen Curry has been.