Harden's three-point shooting has improved every year, tenfold under D'Antoni, if Westbrook can meld his game with efficient shooting then we could see the perfect mixture between passion, intensity and heart and analytics, efficiency and 'money-ball'.
The decision will be met with its fair share of raised eyebrows after Irving's most recent season with the Celtics turned out to be a disaster of epic proportions. However, Irving is one of the premier players and point guards in the league, as well as being a Brooklyn native, thus the argument can be made that for a team looking to break into the upper echelon of the NBA, Irving is the exact type of superstar to lead you there.
From reports of incompetence within the Lakers organisation - which included Pelinka lying about an encounter between Kobe Bryant and Heath Ledger - to the obvious incompetence shown in the Lakers front office the past year. While it is true Pelinka secured All-Star Anthony Davis, it appeared that the bumbling GM got a bit too excited and executed the trade before July 1st.
With Kyrie leaving, Aron Baynes' contract traded to Phoenix and Al Horford moving on, the Celtics are suddenly in a position to make a statement in the free agent market in the form of Kemba Walker. Walker can take the option of earning an estimated $220 million super-max in Charlotte (should it be offered), however, there are strong rumours that Walker will decline the super-max in favour of playing for a contender.
The NBA's worst kept secret was revealed on Saturday night, the New Orleans Pelicans traded top five talent in the league Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis is the type of talent that when he becomes available, general managers leap before they look. It's very much a case of secure the talent first and then take it from there. Whether or not Rob Pelinka of the LA Lakers adopted this mindset is up for debate, however, what we do know is that the Lakers gave up a king's ransom for Davis.
Midway through the regular season a clip emerged of Houston Rockets guards Chris Paul and James Harden getting into it on the bench during a game. Most people, reasonably, brushed it aside as a heated moment between two elite and driven athletes. However, it has emerged that the relationship status between Paul and Harden has become "unsalvageable".
Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship in Oakland on Thursday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the NBA Finals.
Well, here we are again. Another season in the books. Thirty(-ish) teams came into this season with high hopes and dreams of getting their hands on the coveted Naismith trophy at the end of it all. Out of those thirty teams we're now down to two. The Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.
In the games that Curry has started since Durant went down, the former back-to-back MVP has scored at least 30 points in each game. When Durant is not playing and Curry has control over the team, the Warriors become a passing, moving, cutting and shooting monster. Players playing harder and for each other.
Look away now New York. The New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery. Zion Williamson will be a Pelican.
On the surface, the 2019 Western Conference Finals match-up between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors seems like a done deal. Warriors in 4 right? While this may well be the case, but if you scratch the surface, there is a lot more on offer in this meeting than what first appears.
The Celtics season is on the verge of collapse, or maybe it has already and we're currently in the post-mortem phase.
LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and James Harden all have a claim as the best player in the NBA.
The parallels are most apparent between the Blazers and the Thunder at the point-guard position. Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard are two of the top five point-guards in the NBA. Both play with a chip on their shoulder the size of a boulder, but most importantly, both have shown unwavering loyalty to their franchises and their cities.
On paper, the Sixers have everything you need to compete for a championship in 2019.