Clutch Points writer Dijo Songco believes that James Harden is more important than Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets
James Harden has quite simply been incredible for the Brooklyn Nets this season. After forcing through a trade that not many thought was possible, the player has kept the franchise afloat, even in the absence of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Unfortunately for the team however, the Beard recently went down with a hamstring injury, and the Nets are feeling it. Since Harden went down with the injury, the team has played 8 games, winning just 4 of them. Clearly, without the former MVP, the franchise has lost a massive step.
After looking at these performances, Dijo Songco of Clutch Points decided he had seen enough. The NBA reporter went on to write a piece on why he believes James Harden is more important to the success of the Brooklyn Nets. And let’s just say it is guaranteed to get some hot-blooded debates going in the NBA community.
Dijo Songo makes the case for James Harden being the franchise’s MVP over Kevin Durant
As just about in the NBA community knows, this Kevin Durant’s first season back after his Achilles injury. And while he has done very well in his time on the court, small but niggling injuries have constantly kept him off it.
During this time, Kyrie Irving has been away from the team for personal reasons more than once. So, the only superstar really holding down the fort at the time was James Harden. And he did so perfectly. Here is what Songo had to say on the topic.
“News flash, Kevin Durant isn’t the best player in the Brooklyn Nets right now. It’s James Harden. This isn’t a diss to the Slim Reaper. This is me simply saying that Harden is truly the Nets’ biggest asset this season.”
Later on in his piece, the NBA writer had this to back up his point.
“He’s (Harden) been averaging 10.9 assists per game all season including 12 triple-doubles for Brooklyn in 34 games. With him leading the pack, the Nets have had a 27-5 record with Harden active and his dominance has helped the Nets stay in their hunt to be the top Eastern Conference team heading to the playoffs even with Durant and Kyrie Irving missing a ton of time.”
Nets say James Harden experienced a setback while conducting on-court rehab on Monday and will be out indefinitely with hamstring strain.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 20, 2021
It is hard to argue with the points made here. However, many in the NBA community have said that the Slim Reaper is unquestionable the best player among the big three. ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith even once said that the team wouldn’t make the NBA finals without Durant.
As the world argues endlessly on the topic though, we doubt James Harden or Kevin Durant care. The two players will likely have their eyes glued on the NBA championship. And it will be interesting to see if they can truly win it all this season.