JJ Redick Compares Kevin Durant with Klay Thompson While Detailing How Nets’ Big 3 Will Work

Published 01/16/2021, 10:21 PM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) high fives forward Kevin Durant (7) during a time out in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


An NBA super-team comes with its own pros and cons. It can improve the chances of winning a championship, but it can also lead to ego clashes. The Brooklyn Nets will soon face one such situation when both James Harden and Kyrie Irving join Kevin Durant in his bid to win a title with the Nets side. 

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James Harden played his first game with the Brooklyn Nets on Jan 16. He added a 32-point triple-double while Kevin Durant scored 42 points in their win against the Orlando Magic. Soon, Kyrie will join them and it will be on Steve Nash to figure out the combination he wants to use them in. 

Will Kevin Durant still be able to score big?

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KD has been outstanding this season. He has scored 25 or more points in every but one outing until now.

He is averaging close to 30 points, 7+ boards, and 5.8 assists per game. So are these numbers going to come down now that they are soon going to play with a ‘big 3’? League veteran JJ Redick does not believe that. 

Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) works out during the pre-game warmups prior to the game against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

In a recent interview, the 36-YO shooting guard for Pelicans expressed, “They’re gonna be awesome offensively, there’s no doubt. We often talk about Houston trade and those three guys, assuming Kyrie is going to play at some point. All three of those guys have high [indiscernible]. There’s always these awkward growing pains whenever these sorts of teams get together.”

He also drew a parallel with KD’s entry to GSW. In those years alongside the Splash Brothers, KD’s average took a hit, but he still remained consistently scoring 25+ points in all three seasons. In fact, all three of them managed to strike a balance, combining 70+ average per game.

JJ exclaimed, “In ‘16 when Kevin signed with the Warriors, and they asked Klay [Thompson] about taking less shots and Klay was like ‘I ain’t sacrificing sh*t’. But the thing with Klay is, he doesn’t have the ball in his hands a lot. So Klay is one of those guys, he can fit in wherever and do whatever. Kevin is the same way. This is what Steve Ker figured out in Golden State. The season started and Steph [Curry] was a little off and then he realized I got to run stuff for Steph, Kevin’s gonna get 25-30 no matter what.”

Who will sacrifice for the Brooklyn Nets?

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One thing is for sure; James Harden can not strive to be this year’s point leader, as he has done thrice in his career. Somewhere, the three biggies will put a small impact on the ball possession in one another’s hand. 

Also, with the exit of Caris LeVert, the Nets’ bench has taken a hit. Hences, there are chances that Steve will use one of the players for rotation. So, the game dynamics for the Nets are poised to change, but all that will benefit them as a unit. 

Lastly, JJ also put his faith in KD when he added, “Kevin is just a different player that seems like everybody else. He’s playing a different game, the game is just so easy for him.”

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Do you think KD can continue to dominate even with the other two stars around? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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