When the Brooklyn Nets traded for James Harden yesterday, the NBA went absolutely bonkers to see the trade take place. There were rumors about Harden wanting out, but prior to the announcement none of the reports seemed concrete.
The Harden trade certainly left a bad taste in Houston Rockets franchise and its fans who will be bummed to see their superstar leave. But the organization should be thankful to the Beard, who made a top team in the West.
The 3-time scoring champion was an offensive beast for the Rockets. He was the go-to guy in the scoring department and that he did. Recently an astonishing stat emerged about the Beard.
Harden has scored the third most points for a franchise in the first eight years. The two players eclipse the Beard are Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. Now that’s some elite class to be in.
A 23-year-old Harden showed his class as a scorer as he averaged 25.9 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.9 rebounds in the very first season for the Rockets. Harden carried this excellent jump in offensive output which peaked in the 2018-19 season as he averaged a season high 36.1 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Harden played a total of 621 games for the Rockets and scored a staggering 18365 points, assisted 4786 times, and grabbed 3736 rebounds for the team.
With this trade to the Nets, Harden joins a star-studded Nets side led by the duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Nets have looked scary when Irving and Durant have shared the floor. The addition of Harden makes their team an offensive juggernaut.
It will be an enormous challenge for[ the first time coach Steve Nash to build a system which includes this trio. He will get some help with former Rockets’ coach Mike D’Antoni, who has coached Harden before.
The Nets have now have their own Big Three. Given the skills of all the three players, it will be interesting to see who from Harden, Irving and Durant are willing to sacrifice.
If the Nets can build team chemistry, they will be absolutely terrifying for teams to face. The Nets have instantly become the favorites for the championship. Can they trump the champions Los Angeles Lakers?
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