Kevin Durant’s perfect analogy of James Harden’s situation with the Nets
Kevin Durant isn’t exactly a stranger to James Harden, having played together with the Oklahoma City Thunder. So it didn’t take long for Durant to think of a perfect analogy to Harden’s still iffy situation with the Brooklyn Nets.
In a story by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, KD was asked about The Beard’s early struggles with the Nets. Durant said it’s just like a familiar situation in school.
“Feels like he just transferred to a new school and he’s trying to figure out the curriculum. And it’s going to take some time to figure out who your teammates are, what your rotations are in the game, when to be aggressive, when to score, pass.”
True enough, Harden hasn’t been exactly spectacular in his first six games with the Nets, most notably when Kyrie Irving returned from his self-imposed sabbatical. In their last four games, the shifty southpaw only averaged 18.0 points. While that sounds impressive for most players, Harden is not like most players. To wit, he has led the NBA in scoring in the last three seasons. But perhaps more telling for the former MVP is that he has only taken 11.5 attempts.
Harden, however, is still contributing in other facets of the game, averaging 7.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists since joining the Nets, while also easing heavy playmaking responsibilities off Durant and Irving.
The 31-year-old Harden has already admitted that he’s still getting used to his new role, but said he has no qualms with it.
Kevin Durant is confident James Harden will eventually make the adjustment, and as The Beard previously said, that only means “scary hours” for the opposing teams.