The James Harden saga is about to end.
Harden would trade the Rockets for the Nets in a mega-trade, reuniting Kevin Durant and teaming up with Kyrie Irving.
The 76ers were said to have been the first to award former NBA MVP at City of Brotherly Love, but Daryl Morey refused to part ways with franchise mainstay Ben Simmons and others.
Instead, the Nets reportedly sent Caris LeVert – later traded to the Pacers as Victor Oladipo was dealt to the Rockets – and four first-round draft picks, plus four picks, to Houston, in a deal also involving the Rockets. Cavaliers.
The Nets have also dropped Taurean Prince and talented center Jarrett Allen, who were sent to the Cavaliers, and Rockets-linked forward Rodions Kurucs.
This ends a messy divorce between Harden and the Rockets, after the eight-time disgruntled All-Star made no secret of his desire to leave as his frustrations boiled after the game on Tuesday, drawing criticism from teammates John Wall and DeMarcus. The cousins.
Attention now turns to Brooklyn’s new super team and how Harden fits in alongside Durant and Irving – if and when he returns of his personal absence – in first-year head coach Steve Nash’s quest to secure a championship for the Nets.
Harden, who is aiming for a first NBA title, had made Houston home since 2012, guiding the Rockets to two Western Conference finals and three semi-finals after his acquisition of the Thunder.
The 31-year-old sniper, Durant on the Thunder teammate between 2009 and 2012, brings a high volume of 3-point attempts and free throws to Brooklyn, not to mention a dominant scorer the Nets have rarely had. .
Harden attempted the most 3 points in 2019-20 with 843, and he also topped the free throw attempt category with 800. Prince topped Brooklyn’s 3PA roster with 431, while Spencer Dinwiddie rose to the top. line 446 times.
In terms of individual seasons averaging over 30.0 points, Harden has three seasons, while Durant has two. The nets? 0. John Williamson’s record of 29.5 points per game in 1977-78 (in just 33 games) is the closest.
In each of the last three seasons leading up to the 2020-21 campaign, Harden had won the NBA goalscoring title. Durant took home four honors, compared to the Nets’ record 0 after Keith Van Horn was fifth in 1998-99. Harden and Durant have won seven of the last 11 scoring crowns.
Harden brings a resume with plenty of wins and playoff experience, as do Irving and Durant as former NBA champions with the Cavaliers and Warriors, respectively. The Nets have lost in the first round in consecutive seasons, although it is not since 2003 that they have made the final.
Harden has a 64.9 team-winning percentage in the regular-season games he’s played, as he’s racked up 128 playoff appearances.
The question of Harden’s signing for the Nets centers around possession and distribution, given that he, Durant and Irving are ball carriers.
Looking at the highest percentage of use – an estimate of the percentage of team games used by a player while on the ground – since 2014-15 to get a sense of how the Nets might run it with the trio, and Harden (second, 35.3 percent), Durant (eighth, 29.6 percent) and Irving (ninth, 29.4 percent) rank in the top 10. The NBA average is 20.0 percent.
In 2019-2020, Harden’s points scored and points scored on his assists averaged 52.4 per game. He followed 53.9 in 2018-19, 51.3 in 2017-18 and 56 the previous season.
It marked four successive seasons with over 50 points per game created, tying Oscar Robertson (1963-64 to 1966-67) for the longest streak in NBA history.
Harden averaged 34.3 points, 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds per regular-season game for the Rockets, who lost in the Western Conference semifinals at Walt Disney World Resort, in 2019-20. .