Now all people wanna play for the warmth and the Lakers? Let’s return to being aggressive and going at these peoples!
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 16, 2010
The tweet went viral in 2016, when Durant – who had made 5 extra All-NBA groups – signed with the already-loaded Warriors.
Durant later clarified: He wasn’t criticizing LeBron, Wade and Bosh for teaming up. Durant was criticizing Penny Hardaway, a former star who was making an attempt to latch on with the Warmth.
Durant – who’s now as much as 9 All-NBA groups – fashioned a pop-up super-team with Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn two years in the past. DeAndre Jordan joined them. The Nets then fashioned a star trio by buying and selling for James Harden earlier this season. Just lately, Brooklyn has added Aldridge and Griffin after buyouts.
This crew is loaded.
By particular person achievement, at the very least.
The Nets are the primary crew in NBA historical past with six gamers who’ve already made a number of All-NBA groups. Durant (9), Harden (seven), Griffin (5), Aldridge (5), Jordan (three) and Irving (two) have mixed for 31 All-NBA appearances.
Solely the 2004 Lakers (38 between Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton and Kobe Bryant) and 2011 Celtics (32 between Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jermaine O’Neal and Ray Allen) had extra All-NBA alternatives in prior seasons:
This doesn’t assure crew success, although.
Not one of the 4 groups with at the very least 30 All-NBA alternatives have received a championship.
Among the many 13 groups with greater than 25 All-NBA alternatives, simply two have received a title. Nonetheless, Elgin Baylor’s 10 All-NBA alternatives rely towards the 1972 Lakers’ complete despite the fact that he retired early within the season. That leaves solely final yr’s Lakers, who had 27 All-NBA alternatives between LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo.
A key cause these groups hardly ever win the title: By the point gamers accumulate so many particular person honors, they’re typically previous their primes. See Aldridge, Griffin and Jordan.
That is extra about identify recognition than enjoying capability. Durant, Harden and Irving are real present-day stars. However Aldridge, Griffin and Jordan are receiving outsized consideration based mostly on the previous. Joe Harris – who has by no means sniffed an All-Star crew, not to mention an All-NBA crew – is Brooklyn’s fourth-best participant.
Jordan, Aldridge and Griffin may need their moments. However many position gamers have that functionality. Jordan, Aldridge and Griffin don’t make the Nets significantly fearsome in 2021.
Durant, Harden and Irving do, although.
After relinquishing a lot depth within the Harden commerce, Brooklyn is doing properly to replenish with Griffin and Aldridge. It’s additionally value appreciating the historic assemblage of gamers who’ve had nice careers.
Simply don’t twist the Nets’ roster into greater than it’s.
Nets certainly one of most individually achieved groups in NBA historical past initially appeared on NBCSports.com