“James Harden Is the Antonio Brown of the NBA”: Fans Break Down Twitter as Ben Simmons Traded to Nets in Blockbuster Deal

Published 02/10/2022, 2:31 PM EST
Feb 1, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) stands with guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The dynamics of the entire NBA have drastically changed as Brooklyn Nets confirm the departure of James Harden. This brought an end to a long struggle on the bench for Ben Simmons who refused to play. While Ben was ready to resume playing in the NBA, he was certainly not ready to play for the Sixers.

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Feb 8, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) watches from the bench during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As a part of this trade, the 76ers are sending Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first round picks to the Nets. The 76ers get With this move, the entire NBA social media has gone berserk with the excitement of this trade. From distraught fans to optimistic supporters, their reactions are testimonial to how big this trade is for the whole league. This is how fans responded to this massive trade.

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What does this mean for the NBA?

Most analysts predicted that this season will be dominated by the big threes of Brooklyn and Lakers. Both those franchises have struggled to find rhythm so far this season. With Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving sitting out by choice, most analysts felt that a trade for them might be a possibility. However, this trade brings a whole new dimension to both the conferences.

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Feb 2, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

In the Eastern Conference, as per experts, the duo of James Harden and Joel Embiid are seen as lethal and a force to be reckoned with. With the return of Ben Simmons to action, this will end the “all offense” criticism of the Nets. Since he’s a former all star known for his defense. While Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant continue to handle the offense.

In the Western Conference, the rumors are still rampant about the future of Russell Westbrook with the Lakers. Now that the Nets have decided to move on from the big three, is it not long before we receive notifications about a Russell Westbrook trade out of Lakers? Since tensions rose between Westbrook and Vogel, it seems like the right thing to do. Do you agree? Should the Lakers give up on Westbrook? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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