Much has been made out of the loaded Brooklyn Nets, the newly-built super team that just got formed a mere month ago. After all, they have three high-scoring superstars on deck in Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving, two of which are also former MVPs.
While intrigue and excitement are flowing, though, the consistently pressing question is the dynamic between Harden and Irving.
How can two ball-dominant guards co-exist? How do they even begin to decide who plays which position in the backcourt?
It seems that has been addressed well in the locker room. In his postgame interview Sunday, after the Nets dispatched the Golden State Warriors, 134-117, Irving told the media that he and his new backcourt mate have settled on their roles:
“I feel like he’s just been doing a great job of just managing the point guard role … We established that maybe four days ago now. I just looked at him and I said, ‘You’re the point guard, and I’m going to play shooting guard.’ That was as simple as that.”
“So, he’s been taking control of the responsibilities and doing an incredible job. It just makes my job to just go out and play free and just make plays. So, it’s a luxury.”Kyrie Irving
As per Yahoo Sports, Harden later spoke about how much he’s relishing his role:
“I came to this team know they have two special scorers on this team. Obviously, I’ll score when I need to. But, as long I’m getting everybody involved and Kyrie is getting the shots that he wants, [Kevin Durant] is getting the shots that he wants, it’s pretty efficient.”
We still have a long way to go in the season, but from the looks of it, it’s appearing like the two guards made the right call. Though both can handle the both really well and score big against any defense – Harden is the better facilitator and Irving is the more equipped scorer.
Even before their supposed ‘agreement’ they had earlier this week, numbers show that their production has tilted more on what they love to do without sacrificing much. In 12 games together, Harden is posting 23.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 11.6 assists per game on 47.9% shooting, while Irving is at 27.9 points and 5.6 assists on an efficient 53.8% shooting.
Now that Durant (health and safety protocols) is fully back in the lineup, we will be once again welcomed to the full Nets experience. It should be filled with fast-paced offense and a boatload of points every single contest. We’ll see how well Harden and Irving can hold up in their newfound roles.
The 17-12 Nets are on the second leg of a five-game road trip. They will be back in action this coming Tuesday, when they visit the Sacramento Kings. Catch the game at 11 AM, Manila time.