“[James Harden] is ordinary by many physical metrics. But his deceleration is superhuman—and that explains how he dominates the NBA”


Harden himself did not know this until he was tested at the Peak Performance Project.


They were surprised when they saw those numbers. Harden’s “eccentric force”—which sounds like it should be the name of his next Adidas sneaker but is actually the force he generates when he stops his downward momentum—ranked in the 98th percentile. And his “rate of eccentric-force development” was in the 99th percentile.

“I didn’t know before I was tested, but I can feel the difference,” Harden said. “I know what I’m great at and what I’m not great at—and I use it to my advantage.”

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