Paul's departure directly caused the "bulb combination" to cease to exist, but for the Rockets, they exchanged for the extremely talented Westbrook to form the "Harvey combination" to hit the new season.
If the dual-core composed of the two regular season MVPs, it will only be better than the original, right?
But the game is full of unknowns, and the future will not look as good as Harden and Westbrook combined.
From the "bulb combination" led the team to the Western Conference finals, to the "Harvey combination" has just tested the waters, the future of the Rockets...
Given that Harden and Westbrook did not In the true sense of the team, the former Thunder Team and Big Brother Durant formed the "Three Thunder", and the journey to the NBA Finals has been proved to some extent.
Alone Harden and Westbrook have joined forces to lead the team, which has never been done before, and the two and the league are no longer what they used to be.
From the perspective of having both won the MVP of the regular season, Harden and Westbrook's personal abilities are nothing to say, and they can be regarded as leading stars in a single point of view.
In addition, Harden has been selected to the regular season MVP candidate list many times, including the season just past, and Westbrook averaged a triple-double in the past three seasons, which can be seen in the statistics.
Before the two were combined, Harden and Westbrook were the heads of the Rockets and the Thunder respectively, and they both ranked first in the team.
Regular season MVP, player data, team status and previous "joint" results, from these points, it is still quite good and worth looking forward to in the future.
Imagine the success of the new combination "Hawei", the possibility is still not small.
If the problem of ball ownership can be overcome, according to the previous "bulb combination" the first season to reach the Western Conference finals, the absolute core of this team Harden is still there, and Westbrook may also make further breakthroughs after joining.
Since Harden joined the Rockets, the status of the individual in the team has continued to increase, and his team performance has also become better and better. When a star like Paul joins, the former can handle it well.
The separation of Harden and Westbrook in the past was more of a contradiction between the former and the Thunder at the time, and there was no gap between the two players.
There is one point that both of them lack NBA championships. For the desire for this honor, there is no problem in sacrificing themselves for the team to win.
The new season has not started yet, and the "Harvey Combination" only stays at the theoretical level, and it just looks like strength on paper.
The right of the ball is a sharp problem. If it is solved, it will be fine, but both of them are ball-holding stars. Can they really handle it as well as the "bulb combination"? No one knows what will happen in the new season?
It is meaningless to compare the individual combat capabilities of Paul and Westbrook, but the combination of the two before and after Harden has to be compared. After all, Westbrook and Paul's playing style are still very different.
Specific to the style of play, it is not fake to increase the offensive power, but we have to admit that the team's organizational level will decline, and Westbrook's possession ratio in the past few seasons is too high.
From theory to the present, the "Hawe Combination" has to face many problems, and there are many uncertain factors.
Can such a constant dual-core mode achieve the same effect?
The previous "light bulb combination" play was very simple and also very effective. First, the dual-core team led the team, then took turns leading the team, and finally joined forces to try to win the game.
The premise of such a wonderful play is that the two core players have excellent team leadership capabilities, so can it really work as always if it is replaced by Harden and Westbrook?
Harden should be no problem, but Westbrook played comprehensive data in the Thunder, and has to admit that the inefficient performance made the latter's team further and further away from victory.
After all, Westbrook and Anthony and JoeThe combination effect of Zhi Zhi is not good, the embarrassing results of the first round of the playoffs in the past three seasons are placed in 哪, and Westbrook will always be there.
Wei Shao’s problem may be the biggest obstacle to the advancement of the "Harvey Combination", and no one can predict whether it will integrate into the new environment.
dual-core combination will become a kind of "fashion" in the new season, especially in the west and strong.
In the city of Los Angeles alone, the Clippers formed a dual-core Leonard and George, while the Lakers formed a dual-core dual-core of James and Davis. These two teams can be described as "needle-to-earth".
and the Warriors’ Splash Brothers, who have proven themselves in 2015 and 2016, will return to the original model in the new season, as well as the Rockets’ own “Harvey combination”.
In addition, the Nuggets with Jokic and Murray, and the Trail Blazers with Lillard and McCollum also have a dual-core combination and have had good results in the past season.
The pattern in the West has become particularly fierce. Last season's strong teams in the West had their core players adjusted and new dual-core teams were born.
That is to say, the new season has not proved itself a strong team in recent seasons, but the competition of so many dual-core teams will become more intense.
Only by truly playing the "Harvey combination" can the Rockets get closer and closer to success.
Sacrificing certain ball rights is what Westbrook must do. The purpose is to dominate the ball with Harden. In addition, enhancing organizational awareness and connecting the team is the main responsibility of a point guard. The most critical point of
is to focus on scoring and assists, and focus on improving his own efficiency for rebounding. This can be said to be a great challenge for him.
Harden once again ushered in a new helper in the past two years, which is completely different from the previous teamwork in the Thunder. From the three brothers at the time to the third brother now, the second brother became the second boss.
At the same time, he has to avoid repeating the same mistakes of parting ways with Paul. After all, the risks of joining forces are huge, and there will not be too many opportunities. Naturally, there is pressure. It depends on how to adjust.
In addition, reducing singles is what he needs to do, but also to improve offensive efficiency, which can also make the team's overall strength stronger.
In the final analysis, in addition to Harden and Westbrook, the Rockets' role players are also crucial to the team.
Basketball is a team sport after all. In the Western Conference semifinals last season, the Rockets lost to team basketball at the last minute of G5 and G6.