James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets on January 13. Harden, the former superstar guard of the Houston Rockets, was shipped, along with a 2024 second-round pick, to the Nets in a massive four-team trade that sent shockwaves throughout the NBA.
Years from now, NBA fans will reminisce about the 2019-20 Houston Rockets for their unique “small-ball” system. This height mismatch would ultimately be the downfall of the Rockets, whose aspirations hinged on winning an NBA championship. What went wrong?