Did the James Harden And Chris Paul Experiment Work in Houston?

When the Rockets unexpectedly acquired Chris Paul via trade in the summer of 2017, the NBA world was abuzz.  How could the ball-dominant Paul coexist with usage king James Harden?

I was actually already thinking of writing about this, but now, with the Paul era in Houston coming to a premature end (hello Russell Westbrook!), I think its worthwhile to look back and evaluate the Harden-Paul pairing .

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The NBA Title Race Has Not Been This Wide Open Since 2008-2009

This NBA offseason has been, for lack of a better adjective, crazy.  Anthony Davis was finally traded to the Lakers for a boatload of picks and young players (I had some thoughts after it happened). Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with a team which, just a few years ago, was described as one of the bleakest destinations in the NBA.  The Warriors, firmly ensconced as NBA royalty for so long, were suddenly in shambles.  Kawhi Leonard, the reigning finals MVP, was seriously considering joining the Lakers’ super team.  Except then he was actually 99% likely to stay in Toronto. But wait, actually he was going to the Clippers all along and taking fellow star Paul George with him!

All this turbulence and meteoric shifting of the NBA landscape got me thinking: who is actually going to win the whole thing?  This NBA season appears to feature the most wide open title chase that we have seen in years, and that’s the way Vegas sees it too.

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