Nets star Kevin Durant wins Player of the Week as James Harden arrives in Brooklyn
Kevin Durant was just awarded Eastern Conference Player of the Week for his play from Jan. 11-17. During that span, Durant averaged 34.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists while leading the Brooklyn Nets on a three-game winning streak. Damian Lillard won the award in the Western Conference.
NBA Players of the Week for Week 4.
— NBA (@NBA) January 18, 2021
One of those games under Durant’s belt came with the addition of star guard James Harden. Durant and Harden dominated in their debut together with the Nets on Saturday against the Orlando Magic, with KD going for 42 points and The Beard recording a triple-double with 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds.
The trifecta of Durant, Harden and Irving is one of the most talented trios in league history, but Kyrie wasn’t on the floor for Saturday’s outstanding performance. It remains to be seen how well Irving will jell with both Durant and Harden, who were teammates in the past. The hope was that Kyrie would return Monday for the Nets’ showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks, but the point guard is still regaining his conditioning after his recent absence from the team.
Even without Irving, the Harden-Durant duo should make for a spectacular showcase against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. It’s incredible how dominant Durant has been in his return from an Achilles injury. The Nets star hasn’t missed a beat and still looks like one of the very best players in the NBA.
For the season, Durant is averaging 30.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 34.9 minutes per game. The 32-year-old is shooting a ridiculous 54.8% overall and 48.3% on 3-pointers. He’s also getting to the line over eight times per game and knocking down free throws at an 86.7% clip for the 8-6 Nets.