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5 Reasons Why The Nets Big 4 Will Win The Championship

5 Reasons Why The Nets Big 4 Will Win The Championship

The rich just got richer, as Brooklyn made yet another acquisition of 6-time All-Star Blake Griffin. While Griffin's numbers are down across the board, averaging only 12.3 PPG and 5.4 RPG this season, he is only a few years removed from being one of the best power forwards in the NBA.

Of course, the Nets still have a stacked team with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving and they are the favorites to come out of the East. But Brooklyn Nets are also the favorites to win it all this season, and the signing of Griffin on a veteran's minimum contract just makes this more true.

Here are the 5 reasons why the Brooklyn Nets are winning the NBA title in 2021.

5. Brooklyn Has The Best Chance In The East

For years, the Western Conference has been the most dominant conference in the league. Even with the rise of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks and the improvement of the Boston Celtics, this is still the case. Out of all the teams, only the Brooklyn Nets have shown they can compete with the best teams in the West.

With Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving on the squad, the Nets will be far and away the favorites to make the NBA Finals. The Bucks are a very good team thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo, but there is a massive talent difference between the teams. The Celtics have Jayson Tatum and first-time All-Star Jaylen Brown, but the rest of the roster doesn't match up with Brooklyn's. The Heat are a shell of themselves, and unless they can acquire Bradley Beal, they are out of the title race. Brooklyn is the best team in the East and it isn't close.

4. Harden's Playmaking Ability Makes Durant, Irving, And Griffin Unstoppable

Kyrie Irving is a superstar point guard, except that he doesn't actually play like a point guard. James Harden is by far the best playmaker on the team, and arguably the best offensive player in the league thanks to his playmaking ability. Harden is averaging 25.5 PPG and 11.4 APG and leads the league in assists. Harden is unstoppable offensively and still demands double teams which opens up the floor for his teammates.

Harden draws double and triple teams like a magnet, which allows him to pick any pass and find his teammates with ease. With Brooklyn, he can lead the offense to set up future Hall of Famers Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. When he attacks the rim, he has options to dump the ball to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. If the paint is clogged, guys like Joe Harris and Bruce Brown will be there to nail shots. Harden simply has too many options in his Brooklyn team and that spells danger for the rest of the league.

3. Chemistry Across Brooklyn

Steve Nash, as a player, was one of the best playmakers in NBA history. His current assistant coach, Mike D'Antoni, was the head coach who made Steve Nash most successful as a player. Under D'Antoni, Nash won 2 MVPs and they are close until this day. The fact that they are coaching together is the start of strong team chemistry.

4-time scoring champion Kevin Durant also played with 3-time scoring champion James Harden in Oklahoma City. Harden's unselfishness was the reason the Thunder made the NBA Finals in 2012, and the two stars clearly get along with each other on the court. Even Jeff Green, a backup forward, played with Harden and Durant in Oklahoma City. Adding to this, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were close friends playing together during the "Lob City" era with the Clippers. The fact that every important figure on the team has experience playing with one another is a massive reason Brooklyn will capture the NBA title this year.

2. Weaknesses Of The Lakers And The Clippers

It is not beyond belief that the Nets will have an unstoppable offense. With 3 superstars on the team, the Nets hardly have a weakness and Griffin adds some size in the paint to get defensive stops at times. In comparison to the other contenders, Brooklyn have even lesser weaknesses.

2020 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers have the best player in the world in 36-year old LeBron James and the best big man in the league in Anthony Davis. But LeBron has undeniably lost at least half a step while Davis is currently out with a strained Achilles. The rest of the roster, quite frankly, aren't as defensively adept as they were last year with key figures such as Danny Green, Rajon Rondo, and Dwight Howard leaving the roster. LeBron's age and the fact that Davis is out for a while are very concerning.

The Clippers have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George but they still haven't been convincing enough to be the favorites. Losing Montrezl Harrell could come back to haunt them, and there isn't anyone else on the roster who can step up consistently if the stars are struggling. Brooklyn have 4 go-to scorers when needed, and shot-makers like Joe Harris when the offense breaks down. Both Los Angeles teams simply don't have that.

1. The Most Talented Team In Modern NBA History

Perhaps the most important factor in winning an NBA title is superstar talent. And no team in history, besides the Golden State Warriors, have the talent that Brooklyn has. Kevin Durant was the 2014 MVP and is an 11-time All-Star who has won 4 scoring titles. Durant was also a 2-time Finals MVP with the Warriors superteam in 2017 and 2018. His partner in crime, James Harden, was the 2018 MVP and is a 3-time scoring champion.

Alongside them is former NBA champion and 7-time All-Star Kyrie Irving, a 6-time All-Star in Blake Griffin, and a 1-time All-Star in DeAndre Jordan. That is 5 guys with a total of 34 All-Star selections between them, and 4 of them were franchise players at some point in their careers. Adding in shooters in Joe Harris (50.6% from three), Landry Shamet (35.8% from three), and even Spencer Dinwiddie (he is out for the season, but averaged 20.6 PPG last season) makes this squad an All-Star Team on its own.

No other team has 5 guys with a combined 34 All-Star Team selections, and no team has the amount of talent that Durant, Harden, and Irving bring. The Nets are the absolute favorites to win the NBA title and it would take the biggest miracle in NBA history if they don't win the NBA title in 2021.

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