The James Harden trade to the Brooklyn Nets set the NBA world on fire on Wednesday, with the former MVP winner set to join fellow superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant at Barclays Center. Harden's unhappiness in Houston proved to be too much of a distraction, and the Rockets shipped him off in exchange for a boatload of picks.
This season Harden is averaging 24.8 points, 10.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. His assist numbers would be the second-highest of his career if they hold, and with both Irving and Durant to find on a nightly basis, he could even surpass the high of 11.2 APG he put up in 2016-17.
Harden's current scoring is a big drop off from the 34.3 PPG he posted last season, although that number should recover as he becomes more engaged on the court again. He will have to compete with two other All-Stars for scoring opportunities, but the Nets will hopefully maximize each star's role within the offense.
Durant has the best odds on the Nets to win MVP at +700, while Irving has fallen to +8500 following his early-season sabbatical.
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