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Brooklyn Looking to Challenge for the Title

Despite landing one of the biggest stars in the NBA, Brooklyn Nets look a long way away from a title-winning team. James Harden (2017-18 league MVP) joined up with Kevin Durant (2013-14 league MVP) and Kyrie Irving to make what is the latest version of a ‘super-team’ to challenge for the title.

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Who was involved in the trade? 

The Rockets, Nets, Pacers, and Cavaliers agreed to a four-team blockbuster trade. 

James Harden went to Brooklyn. Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, and a ton of draft picks belong to Houston. Caris LeVert and a second-round pick went to Indiana and Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince play for Cleveland.

Has this been a good move for Brooklyn? 

We don’t have to look too far into the past to see evidence of an effective super-team consisting of a minimum of three superstar players.

Lebron was successful with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love at Cleveland, and at Miami Heat, with James Wade and Chris Bosh.

Also, let’s not forget the Golden State Warriors that dominated with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. 

The foundation for every single one of those teams could be summed up with one word – sacrifice.

Those teams had players that were willing to sacrifice for the success of the team. That meant that each team had a clear leader and were happy to share the ball and that was it.

However, when you look at the Brooklyn trio, you have Irving, Durant and Harden, all of whom were considered leaders and expect to be leaders again. Which will undoubtedly cause unrest amongst the three when things start going wrong in the post-season. 

Consequently, this may end up being one of the worst decisions made by the Nets, this season.

The introduction of Harden will make them even more lethal with the ball in hand, as long as they share the ball, but defensively, a lot weaker.

Jarrett Allen, along with DeAndre Jordan, provided a lot of cover in the paint which is now something James Harden will have to do. Unfortunately, Harden puts in zero defensive effort. 

Who should the leader be? 

This is an absolute no-brainer! Kevin Durant has to be the leader if this team is to be successful.

He is the best of the three in terms of scoring, ability and effort, and will do what it takes to win with the team rather than be the centre of attention.

In comparison, Kyrie Irving got released by every team he played for because of his negative attitude towards his teammates.

After a few games with the Nets last season, he spoke publicly about how they “had no good players here” which is not what a leader does.

As for Harden, he doesn’t share the ball and spent plenty of playing years trying to win an MVP award instead of a title. Durant is the leader.

The sooner Brooklyn Nets figure that out, the sooner they can get to a title. 

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