Brooklyn Nets: What a championship would do for their big three’s legacy

Brooklyn Nets James Harden and Kevin Durant (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
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How winning a championship with the Brooklyn Nets will improve James Harden’s legacy

There’s an argument to be made that James Harden’s legacy will be boosted the most (out of this team’s big three) by winning a championship this season with the Brooklyn Nets. Harden has been one of the best regular-season performers in the history of the NBA, and there’s a case to be made that he should already have multiple league MVP awards under his belt.

However, if there’s one “shortcoming” in his current legacy that he’s building, it’s that he has fallen short in the playoffs as of late. The one time his team did make it to the NBA Finals, it was when he was the team’s third-best player and not even a starter. And when he made it to the NBA Finals, he underperformed.

There’s some correcting that Harden has failed to do in that aspect of his legacy. Although, if he can help lead this Nets team to a championship, and do it as the team’s best and most consistent player (which he’s been since he was acquired), there’s no question that his legacy will, in a way, be cemented.

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He’d go down as one of the all-time great shooting guards and would likely surpass Dwyane Wade as the third-best shooting guard to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.