The Brooklyn Nets put together arguably the greatest offensive team in NBA history. If anything, most people thought that you could only get this kind of firepower in a videogame, and even there, it would be too much.
If it wasn't enough by signing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant last year, they somehow managed to trade for James Harden and sign a recently-bought-out Blake Griffin. That's just not fair.
Moreover, people questioned the Nets' ability to coexist with three ball-dominant players with a feel for taking a lot of shots. Fast-forward to today, and it's pretty clear that they've done an outstanding job of meshing altogether.
That's why, according to Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas, their entire Big 3 should be a part of the MVP conversation:
“You can’t ignore what Kyrie Irving has done this year. He, Harden, KD & CP3 are in the conversation," Thomas said, as quoted by Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson.
Numbers-wise, you could say that Thomas has a valid point. Durant has averaged 27.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game, Kyrie averages 26.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game; and Harden is scoring 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 10.9 assists per game.
However, it's worth noting that all three - especially Kevin Durant - have missed a lot of games throughout the season, thus making it unlikely for any of them to take the MVP award away from Nikola Jokic.
Then again, it seems like the Nets are onto something way bigger than an individual accolade this season. They're not messing around and have one thing in mind and one thing only: Winning the NBA Championship.
Hopefully, they'll have their Big 3 ready and healthy for the playoffs, as it doesn't seem like many teams could take them down in a seven-game series.