James Harden, in a matter of just one week, is already making headlines for the right reasons. Though many expected him to struggle with form and fitness after turning out overweight for the Rockets, but he looks a different beast altogether with the Brooklyn Nets.
Further, he is creating history along the way with his imperious performances. In their 125-123 win against the Milwaukee Bucks, he became the first player in the league’s rich history to record 30+ points and 10+ assists in the first two games with a team.
He recorded a double-double of 34 points and 12 assists against the Bucks. This was after his triple-double Nets’ debut against the Orlando Magic. In that match, his stat line read – 32 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds.
While Harden is the belle of the ball, his partner-in-crime Kevin Durant is matching up to his extraordinary level of play. Across the Beard’s first two games, Kevin has accumulated 72 points while also giving a hand on the defensive hand with 4 blocks.
So, it is only appropriate that he join Harden in history books. The duo combined for 138 points (72-KD, 66-Harden) in their two games together as Nets’ teammates. It is the second highest by a duo across the first couple of games with a franchise. Wilt Chamberlain (139) and York Larese (12) lead the list with 151 on the 1961 Warriors.
The honeymoon period may be over soon as Kyrie Irving is nearing his return, barring any late drama. On paper, this looks like the most lethal offensive in NBA history. But that seldom works out well in practice.
It is clear that all three of them can’t average 25-30 points per game; at least one of them will have to make the sacrifice. And it has to be either Irving or Harden since they handle most of the ball as guards. KD is the leader of this team.
This also begs the question- do they even need Kyrie? But they won’t likely trade him; at least for now. It is about time that he prioritizes basketball and gets back to business.
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