Former NBA Champion Believes James Harden Will Make Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving Better at Nets

Published 01/16/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a basket during the first quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


James Harden is officially a Brooklyn Net. Brooklyn has formed a big three unlike ever seen before, in pure individual ability. However, the question around this team now is whether Harden can co-exist on the floor with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

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Former NBA Champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Channing Frye, believes that Harden will fit into the system perfectly. He recognized Harden’s ability to play extended minutes and his ability to distribute the ball as a passer.

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“He gon’ make people better. Right? He’s a willing passer, and I think that’s the biggest part of my emphasis. We joke around and there’s been issues with his conditioning, but at the end, James Harden is a hooper. In D’Antoni’s system, James Harden was top 10 in minutes played. In Houston, he went about it in a way people didn’t agree with. But the end result is that he’s on the Nets. So right now, he’s just going to play himself into shape.”

James Harden and the Nets: Is this new team doomed to fail?

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What has held up the ascension of James Harden to an NBA Champion? He has had co-stars like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook, but is ringless even today. However, he is joining two former champions in Kyrie and KD. They are also world-class individual talents, with all three being top-10 players in the league over the last decade.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant warm up at the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Considering Kyrie once left Cleveland because he did not want to be a side-kick, a lot of this will come to him. KD is an effortless scorer, so he will get his points either way. However, Kyrie and Harden are high-usage ball-dominant players.

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Hopefully, they can tap into the playmakers within them and figure this out for the sake of this championship push. None of their legacies will look good if they fail to win after building a team like this.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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