The Houston System
Houston went all-in on Harden because they played to his strengths. That’s also why they were willing to trade Chris Paul. Harden prospers in isolation and prefers to dominate the ball. This is great during the regular season but historically it hasn’t worked for him in the playoffs.
However, former Houston GM Daryl Morey built a team around Harden to allow him to be his best. That’s why he became an MVP and a three-time scoring champion. But in the end, he abandoned them and left them in the lurch. Harden ruined it for his teammates and forced them to rebuild (via NBC Sports).