Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving Lead Brooklyn Nets to an Impressive Record This NBA Season

Published 02/17/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets have begun to find their form after their massive trade. The Nets acquired James Harden early in the season through a massive trade, which saw them lose several key players. While the team struggled initially, especially on the defensive end, they have found their groove. The trio of James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving have been phenomenal recently.

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Brooklyn Nets looking strong

And now, the Nets boast an impressive record in the season. Currently, the Nets have an 8-3 record against teams in the Western Conference. Their win over the Phoenix Suns was their sixth consecutive win against a Western Conference team and their sixth win against a playoff team in the West.

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Additionally, the Nets are on the same level as the Utah Jazz in one stat. They are currently 10-3 against teams that hold a better win ratio than .500 in the NBA. That is incredibly impressive, given that most .500 teams in the NBA are considered contenders going into the playoffs this season. For the Nets, this stat vindicates them as being a team to look out for in the post-season.

The Brooklyn Nets trio of Harden, Durant, and Irving are lauded as one of the greatest attacking forces in NBA history. The Nets boast two MVPs and a player who has the talent to be an MVP in Irving. For the Nets, the expectations are very clear – to win the NBA championship. But given the stacked teams in the league, it might not be so easy for them.

Nets must improve defensively

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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) passes the ball away from the reach of Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The main problem for the Brooklyn Nets is their defense. However, they can make improvements as they go into the season. If they can acquire at least one strong defender, then they will be a dangerous team. The Nets can outscore any team in the NBA, and if they can keep their opponents to a low score, they will be unstoppable.

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Can the Brooklyn Nets win the NBA championship this season? Right now they are one of the favorites, clubbed with the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, and the 76ers. However, their success in the post-season will depend on their defensive improvement. If they can improve their defense to a mediocre level, their offense will carry them to the title.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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