Nets’ James Harden matches Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams with impressive 5-game feat
With 12 points and 11 assists against the Miami Heat on Saturday, Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden just notched a feat that a former teammate of his and an ex-Nets player previously accomplished. Per Elias Sports Bureau, the 2017-18 NBA MVP joined his buddy Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams as the only players in NBA history to notch a double-double in points and assists in each of his first five games with his new team.
James Harden is the third player in #NBA history to reach double-digits in points and assists in each of his first five games with a new team, joining Russell Westbrook (first six with Wizards this season) and Deron Williams (first five with Nets in 2010-11). #BrooklynTogether
— Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) January 24, 2021
So far, so good for The Beard in Brooklyn. Though Harden struggled from the field against the Heat, going just 2-of-8 including missing all of his five three-point tries, he still managed to make an impact on the game with his playmaking. Including Saturday’s line, Harden is now averaging 12 assists through his first five games with the Nets.
Harden’s scoring has slowed down a bit since Kyrie Irving re-joined the fray and that continued on with his season low against the Heat. Nonetheless, the important thing is that the Nets notched their first win with their superstar trio.
It will be interesting to see how the Nets offense will eventually look down the line, especially with having three of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. Nevertheless, Harden, who averaged a combined 33.7 points per game over the previous three NBA, is just as elite in making plays for others.
The 3-time scoring champ will certainly still get his fair share of buckets on a nightly basis. But based on the early returns of the Nets Big Three era, it seems like Harden is more than willing to embrace his role as a facilitator in Brooklyn as the NBA season evolves.