James Harden already asking Landry Shamet for that No. 13 jersey 😂
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 15, 2021
Nets fans could probably care less what jersey number James Harden rocks, so long as he helps deliver a title to Brooklyn.
General manager Sean Marks got extremely aggressive in his pursuit of The Beard. Marks gave up four first-round picks and four pick swaps (all unprotected) in addition to promising youngsters Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen as part of the Harden blockbuster.
In the immediate sense, the move makes the Nets one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA.
Harden now joins a rotation already including Kevin Durant and–once he decides to return–Kyrie Irving. This essentially gives Brooklyn three of arguably the top five shot-creators in the league.
The Nets could be downright impossible to stop offensively if the ball still moves and all three superstars get enough touches. Durant is well accustomed to scoring in a variety of fashions, running around screens and coming off pin-downs while also pulling up in transition. His ability to score in just about every way imaginable is especially important for Irving and Harden, two guys who excel more with the ball in their hands in a half-court system.
There will be questions about defense and depth, though Marks is assuredly not done moving pieces and figures to use exceptions to add a couple guys to the roster. That said, it is hard not to consider the Nets as one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference after adding Harden.