Former NBA Champion Has Audacious Claim About Nets’ Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving

Published 02/22/2021, 10:24 PM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) rest near the team bench during a timeout against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets immediately became the title favorites when they brought in James Harden. They formed an offensive juggernaut when they teamed up Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Harden. They had a slow start as they tried to figure things out, but now the Nets are on a six-game winning streak.

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Former NBA champion, Matt Barnes, who is impressed by their performance so far, has issued a huge statement about them. He said, “This trio (KD, Kyrie, Harden) might be a better scoring trio than those guys (Steph, Klay, KD) and that’s saying a lot. This could be the best scoring trio we’ve ever seen in the game… They’ve been the number one offense since James jumped in there.”

It may seem an audacious claim to some, but Harden and Durant are already two of the best scorers of all-time. Adding Irving to the mix only makes it better. Barnes also just talked about the scoring aspect, and not about which trio is better overall. That title rests with the Warriors trio for now until the Nets win multiple championships.

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Barnes talks about what the Brooklyn Nets need to do

After praising their offense, Barnes also praised the Nets’ defense, which has been improving lately. He said, “They’re starting to understand how the defense is. They hear people talking about how bad their defense is. They see their defensive numbers and they realize defense is nothing more than effort, and energy, and being on the same page.”

This improved defense has been key for their wins against the Clippers and the Lakers. But Barnes isn’t fully convinced by their roster just yet. He pointed out the need for another big man and suggested names like JaVale McGee and Andre Drummond.

Jan 12, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center JaVale McGee (6) drives against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

He said that while Durant and Jeff Green can play backup center minutes, they need someone to help on the glass if DeAndre Jordan gets into trouble. Durant and Green are great on offense, but they don’t offer similar rim protection and glass-cleaner skills like Jordan.

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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

If the Nets can somehow land either of them via a buyout, that could be the final piece of their jigsaw. They would become too dominant to beat in a seven games series and arguably be the number one favorites to win it all.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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