The James Harden-Ben Simmons deal was the biggest transaction in this season's trade deadline. We have to see both teams play with their new pieces before seeing who won the trade. But as always, fans and analysts quickly chimed in their thoughts on the deal between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets.
Draymond gives Brooklyn the edge
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is the latest to share his thoughts on the matter. He's excited for both teams as, from his perspective, both got better with the new pieces complementing the old ones. However, Green gave a slight edge to the Nets because they received one of the best 3-point shooters today.
"In my opinion, the Brooklyn Nets definitely won the trade. Not because James Harden isn't great. Because the Brooklyn Nets also got an All-Star. And on top of that they added, probably the top three 3-point shooter in the NBA as far as percentage goes," Green said, per The Draymond Green Show.
No longer "Stephen Curry's brother"
Green was referring to Seth Curry — the sharpshooting guard who has risen as one of the deadliest shooters today. The man can no longer be tagged as "Stephen Curry's brother" as Seth has worked his tail off to stand out.
Green was right in his declaration that Curry has been one of the best 3-point shooters over the last few years. This season, Curry is shooting 41.0 percent from deep which ranks 17th. Last year, he shot 45.0 percent, which ranked sixth; shot 45.2 percent (third) in 2019-20; and 45.0 percent (third) in 2018-19. His 3-pointers do not come by the buckets like his brother. But it does not mean you should leave him wide-open.
Curry's first few games with the Nets prove that he's constantly improving night in and night out. His 23-point explosion in his debut showed off his scoring mentality. When Ben Simmons returns, we should expect this side of Curry unveiled a bit more. Their familiarity with one another is an advantage.
Apart from this, let's not forget that Kevin Durant's return is still pending. When you have the greatest scorer on the same floor with one of the most accurate 3-point shooters today, then expect to get some buckets. It sounds simple because it really is. Steve Nash — a great basketball mind in his own right — will have no problem drawing up plays for both players.
Nets fans have all the right to be happy with the trade. Their chances look slim this season, especially with the slew of injuries and other controversies. But they shouldn't forget that winning that elusive Larry O'Brien trophy is a long and arduous journey. If they don't get it this year, they can still have a good crack at it next season.