Im not saying he doesnt carry them, he does but he isnt even close to either Kobe or MJ, they could do it all, the only thing Harden can do is score. Defense fell off because NBA went full retard mode and its not what it used to be but its still a HUGE part of the game, teams are nothing without defense and a guy without defense cannot be compared to two top10 players of all time + there are many guys who are better than him right now. Everyone on the list who is placed above him is better and I personally would put Embiid above him too. Offense doesnt make players, wake up. Versitality, leadership and ability to play on both ends of the floor makes them. Harden is versatile offensive player, thats it.
"defense is important, but in the modern nba it's as important as it once was."
I think you wanted to write "not as important........" and I agree, its not but wait for the playoffs, regular season is nothing compared to it :) Harden is the most overrated player of the season, hes a top3 MVP candidate for sure but you guys seem think that being the MVP means being the best, lol