James Harden is one of the best players in the league and along with Russell Westbrook, has helped the Houston Rockets to a 5-3 win-loss record in the current season. After leading the league in terms of scoring points last season with an average of 36.1 points per game, his average has gone up this season at 36.5 points per game.
One might wonder about how Harden has been consistently performing on-court season after season. A fan on popular social content side Reddit came up with an analysis of his performance with a unique twist. A user by the name of 'AngryCentrist' found that Harden had a significant decline in performance in cities with a reputation of having top-tier strip clubs.
A reddit user found a correlation between James Harden’s lack of performance on the road and the quality of strips clubs in that city.... pic.twitter.com/xWg0awhp6K— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 7, 2019
By cross-referencing four seasons worth of data with the average review of the strip clubs that appeared when the user typed in '[City] Strip Clubs', he found that Harden had more off-nights in cities where he was likely to have a late-night the day before.
The stats also showed Harden's best performance came in the city with the lowest-rated strip clubs (Toronto) and his worst performance came in the city with the highest-rated strip clubs (Miami).
As Complex unearthed back in 2017, James Harden's love of exotic dancing has led to him being honoured with a banner in a specific Houston strip club. And particular women have thanked Harden on social media after lucrative shifts. Still, it's a bit surprising that Harden's vices track so neatly.