LaMarcus Aldridge joins loaded Nets, but we found the team they should STILL fear the most
Just because LaMarcus Aldridge has his lowest scoring average since being a rookie, his lowest live shot in five years, and his lowest rebounding average on record this season doesn’t mean he’s cooked at 35.
It’s just that he’s at a different point in his career, kind of like Blake Griffin, who has been so rejuvenated since moving to Brooklyn that he’s drenched again after a three-year hiatus.
Now, human secret ingredient Aldridge is join the nets, too, by teaming up with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving on a quest to bring New York’s most populous borough to its first major sports championship since the 1955 Dodgers. Sorry, I’m teaming up with Durant, Harden , Irving, Griffin, Joe Harris, Jeff Green, Bruce Brown and DeAndre Jordan. The nets are loaded.
Brooklyn is already 31-15, a game and a half behind the East 76ers, and that’s with Durant missing more than half of the season. Being able to plug in superstar talents like Aldridge and Griffin, as role players suited to the stage of their careers, is a fantastic line-up build.
Health is a concern, of course, but it’s also a concern for other contenders, like the defending Lakers champion, who sits fourth in the West pending the return of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But on paper, it’s hard right now to argue against the Nets being the favorites for the title.
That being the case, who would be the most hilarious team to do to the Nets what has always been done to the Nets since they joined the NBA, and deny them a title?
The Pacers have ex-Net Caris LeVert, which was shipped to the Harden Trade, and Indiana is currently matching with the Heat – although the bottom of the Eastern playoff run is very evolving – for get the chance to face Brooklyn in the first round. Either the old friend or Jimmy Butler’s crew and a bunch of dudes destroying the Starry Nets would be something.
Boston, San Antonio and Golden State would all be there as comedies in the huge upheavals of a team employing their former stars, though all of those possibilities would be more of a shock than a comedy.
The Clippers built Lob City with Griffin, but their own build to fight imported stars as the historic No.2 team in their market hits in a way that’s more of a Spider-Man scoring meme than a real comedy.
The Lakers would be darkly comedic in that whatever anyone tries to do, LeBron and AD is inevitable. Them beating the Nets would be, “NBA, eat at Arby’s.” Funny in a way, but not delicious in any way.
The Bucks and Sixers are just the other really good teams in the East. It doesn’t matter.
The correct answer is fifth place in the East, did next to nothing by the trade deadline (with all due respect to Terrance Ferguson) and has a legitimate star who led his team to two oh- we-were-close- but we are still not at the level of the Nets this year. This is the team that is 10 stops away on trains 2 and 3 of the Atlantic Center, the New York Knicks.
Nothing that could happen in this year’s NBA Playoffs would be funnier than Julius Randle leading the team greater than the sum of his parts of Tom Thibodeau, who started the year with a Championship odds of 500-1, after full. the operational death star who, even after nearly a decade in Brooklyn, smells like New Jersey.