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Houston Rockets' James Harden set to play point guard this season

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James Harden has long been the main man for the Houston Rockets, and under new head coach Mike D'Antoni it appears he will officially be changing position.

The four-time All-Star has operated as a shooting guard throughout his career but, after clocking up a career-high usage rating last season, the 27-year-old will make the switch to point guard. 

D'Antonio has decided to put the ball in Harden's hands in the hope that he can help facilitate the high-tempo offence the 65-year-old has deployed throughout his coaching career. 

The former L.A. Lakers coach said, via ESPN.com: "With James, you make a joke he's a 'points guard' because he's going to score some points.

"He's more or less responsible giving rhythm to the team, that's what a point guard does. He's going to be on the ball and he's going to be distributing the ball and it will take some adjusting. 

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"He's got a lot more responsibilities as a point guard. A play caller, a good basketball mind, he's already telling guys we can do this we can do that."

D'Antoni's defensive organisation has been questionable throughout his career, but there is no doubting his offence. One thing is for sure, the Rockets will be extremely exciting to watch this season.

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