Former Player Explains Why Nets Are Favorites to Win 2021 NBA Title Ahead of Lakers

Published 04/12/2021, 2:44 PM EDT
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 became the favorites to win the 2021 NBA title after trading for James Harden. Many thought it was a gamble, but the Nets are proving it was a masterstroke. Despite the loss of depth, Harden’s MVP form has made them the best team in the East.

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Although they recently lost to the Lakers, many believe they are still favorites to win it all. Including former player Jamal Crawford. During a recent interview, he explained why the Nets are the best team for the playoffs.

“When the game slows down in the playoffs, you need guys who can create their own shots, especially when the opposition knows the whole playbook,” Crawford said. “You need guys [who you can tell] ‘Hey, just go make a play,’ and I think they have a plethora of that and that will play to their hands when it gets late to the Finals.”

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Since the Nets have had multiple injuries, Crawford later clarified that this is only when they have a healthy team. “But assuming everybody’s healthy, I think they’re too deep. I think they’re too good,” he said.

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts as he leaves the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being ejected during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Will Jamal Crawford’s prediction about the Brooklyn Nets turn out to be true?

When Harden was playing, the Nets looked almost unbeatable. He had a rocky start with five losses in the first ten games. But after that, they became a juggernaut. Since then they went on to win 19 more games while losing just two.

Harden, combined with Durant and Irving, are a dangerous trio. Their form has rubbed off on the rest of the team who have also stepped up this season. Like Crawford mentions, their depth is impressive too. Although they lost a lot of players after the Harden trade, their signings of LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin have given them a big boost.

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If this wasn’t a capable team already, the Nets are likely to have Spencer Dinwiddie return for the playoffs as well. He was initially sidelined for the season but now he will be a vital addition to their roster, especially for the postseason.

If they continue to stay healthy, the Nets will be the team to beat. At their best, no other team has the firepower to combat them.

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Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (left) fist pumps guard Kyrie Irving (11) after a game against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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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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