James Harden Teams Up With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets

via: netsdaily.com

     Just recently, the NBA saw one of the biggest trades in its history. Though there were seven players, four picks, and four pick swaps in this deal, the main attraction was James Harden getting dealt to Brooklyn to play with two other top 15 players in the league in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

     The obvious concerns are the enormous amount of depth and draft picks that the Nets sacrificed in order to get Harden. Losing Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen destroyed the Nets’ depth, especially with the lack of Spencer Dinwiddie coming off an ACL tear this year. In an ideal world, Joe Harris would be able to replicate some of the production that LeVert was producing, and DeAndre Jordan would be able to fill in the defensive hole that Allen left behind similar to what Jordan did in Los Angeles. 

     So far, the Nets have easily been the most fun team to watch, proven by them having the highest offensive rating in NBA history, even higher than the 2017 Warriors. However, they also have the lowest defensive rating in NBA history as well, which should be really frightening for Nets fans. The phrase ‘defense wins championships’ isn’t used just because it’s catchy, it’s completely true! In fact, 12 of the last 20 teams to win a championship have been top 5 in defensive rating, and only two have been out of the top ten. In 2018, the Warriors were 11th in the league, and in 2001, the Shaq and Kobe Lakers were 22nd. Since trading for James Harden, the Nets are dead last and it’s not even close. 

     In order to get it together, the Nets need Durant and Jordan to maximize their current defensive potential, as Harden, Irving, and Harris have already been identified as defensive liabilities by the rest of the NBA.

     As of right now, we are only seeing the developing chemistry of this new-look Nets team, but once they adapt to play both sides of the ball, the sky’s the limit for this team and they could genuinely become the next dynasty.

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