The Brooklyn Internet’ hit trade for James Harden has actually exercised effectively for them up until now this season. Harden is progressively installing MVP numbers on a group that does not require him to be the sole source of offense, and Brooklyn is being in 2nd location in the East heading into the All-Star break, simply a half video game behind the Philadelphia 76ers.

For the Houston Firecrackers, in spite of still losing and most likely looking down a restore, they had the ability to exercise a three-team trade that landed them a young star in Victor Oladipo, who might or might not be around previous his present agreement that ends after this season. No matter how this trade searches in the long term, there’s constantly going to be what ifs surrounding the offer– what would’ve occurred had the Firecrackers dealt Harden to the Sixers for Ben Simmons, or to the Boston Celtics for a bundle of Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart?

Nevertheless, previous Boston Celtics forward and three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker states Danny Ainge and the Celtics made the ideal hire not shooting on a Harden trade.

” I’m not a James Harden man, and it’s not individual however you can’t win with that design,” Walker stated throughout a look on the “All Things Covered” podcast with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden. “He remains in an extremely distinct circumstance with [Kevin] Durant and Kyrie [Irving], however it stays to be seen … I do not believe you can win with his design. At any time it takes a person 6, 7, 8 dribbles to get to where he needs to go, that’s an issue. It works today due to the fact that it’s more of a pick-and-roll league, so he gets away with a great deal of things now, however I would not take advantage of my future for James Harden.”

Walker definitely isn’t the very first previous gamer or NBA expert to not like Harden’s design of ball-dominant play and nasty searching, however it can’t be rejected what he’s performing in Brooklyn. While Harden’s scoring numbers have actually taken a little dip, due to the truth that he’s playing together with 2 other All-Stars and NBA champs, he’s having the most effective shooting year of his profession.

Harden’s on the cusp of a 50/40/90 season, shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 42.2 percent from deep and 85 percent from the free-throw line. He’s likewise balancing a profession high in helps (11.4) and rebounds (7.8 ), all while experiencing the most affordable use rate of his profession because his last season with the Thunder back in 2012.

To Walker’s credit, however, he wasn’t shy when speaking about Boston’s faults in spite of crediting the group for not pursuing Harden.

” Where Danny Ainge slipped up is he let Gordon Hayward leave the door without getting anything in return for him,” Walker stated. “If you understand you can’t pay him, you need to do a sign-and-trade and get a genuine huge. I believe they must’ve pursued Dwight Howard much harder, and you might’ve most likely traded for Andre Drummond and included him to the group.”

He’s not incorrect. While the Celtics have had an up-and-down season and have not appeared like the group that made it to the Eastern Conference finals in 2015, Hayward is having the very best season of his profession. He’s installing 21.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 helps, while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from deep as a member of the Charlotte Hornets. His play– in addition to the efficiencies from Terry Rozier and novice LaMelo Ball– have actually made the Hornets, presently connected for 6th location in the East, among the most amazing groups this season.

The Celtics, on the other hand, being in 4th location, and after a three-game losing streak to 3 sub -.500 groups (at the time), Boston has actually turned it around with 3 successive wins. Nevertheless, an 18-17 record is not what numerous wanted for this group prior to the season began. While Walker might believe Harden isn’t worth leveraging a group’s future, he sure has actually worked out exceptionally well for the Internet up until now.

There’s still a lot of basketball delegated be played, however Brooklyn appears like the most significant danger in the East, while Boston appears like a fringe competitor that still requires another piece to return in the champion discussion.


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