Like most, my first reaction was “How are they going to play together?” The fact is, one of the least talked about things about the Golden State roster is that two of their stars aren’t ball-dominant. The only ones whose skill sets really overlap are Durant and Curry, and neither of them have huge egos.
That’s not really the case with Harden and Paul. I don’t know about Harden, but Paul, from what I’ve heard, is a bit of a control freak. I don’t think he cares about scoring, but I think it’s going to be a big adjustment for him if he has to defer to Harden often.
That said, I have a feeling, for the Rockets, you’re basically saying that if you can get a superstar caliber player, you do it, even if the pieces don’t fit perfectly. There just aren’t that many to go around, and it’s way easier to find another Patrick Beverly then it is to get another Chris Paul on your team. Even if it doesn’t work out perfectly, those two are too good, in my opinion, for it to work out terribly.
Again, I don’t think this is ideal, but, if you’re really trying to move the needle, what other play did Houston have this year?
It also kind of brings up the question — how do you build a team around Morey-ball. Harden’s pretty ideal, but do you really just surround him with 3-and-D wings and someone who can play small-ball center and switch? Basically, who would be an ideal match for the Rockets?
I have to say, I’m glad that teams (and, to some extent, players) are taking the arms race attitude rather than basically ceding the next 2–3 years to the Warriors and building for the future.