Former NBA Player Explains What Impresses Him the Most About Nets’ James Harden

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February 22, 2021 9:18 am

The Brooklyn Nets are finally producing results, the way everyone had predicted as soon as their ‘Big Three’ came together. The Nets have had to jump a lot of hoops this season to get to the second position in the Eastern Conference. However, if there is one player who has taken charge for them, it’s James Harden.

What does James Harden bring to the table?

The Brooklyn Nets just grabbed their sixth straight game and that too against the second LA team, the Clippers. They just defeated the Los Angeles Lakers which didn’t look like just a bump in the road for the reigning champions but a possible NBA Finals matchup problem.

Even without Kevin Durant, the Nets seem unstoppable. Why so? Well, Jalen Rose knows who he is most impressed with and that’s James Harden. “We have talked a lot about Kyrie burning sage and his walking stick. But that thing that has actually impressed me more, is James Harden’s ability to playmaker,” stated Rose.

He further explained his stance and said, “He is the most unique offensive weapon in the history of the NBA. He is the only player in the history of the league, at some point in his career, that will lead the league in three-pointers made, free-throws made, total assists in a season. And this will be his second time leading in assists.”

“You need a guy who is making the threes and leading the league in assists. You need a guy who can get on the free-throw line and make the most threes. That’s James Harden,” he concluded.

Feb 6, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) drives for a shot past Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) and guard Shake Milton (18) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

What went down against the Lakers?

Losing to the Nets is far more worrying for the Lakers than one can imagine. This is a team that has shown promise of giving them a challenge at getting a second straight title.

Although the Lakers can justify their loss with Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder‘s absence, what’s their excuse for coming shortly when KD was not even playing for the Nets? Their under-manned defense gave the Nets’ supporting cast easy access to the paint.

And now, defeating the Clippers has improved their record to 20-12. Up next, they are facing the Sacramento Kings who should be a piece of cake to defeat after these intense matchups. How deep in the playoffs do you see the Nets going?

Read also- Are the Miami Heat Going to Regret Their Bold Stance Against James Harden?

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Yashima Bhatia

Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked. Her interest for the game transitioned into her love for writing the sport. Previously, she has had experience as a scriptwriter for short films and a freelance photographer.

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