and I believe both PJ3 and Lamb can become big time contributors to that team. And of course they still do have Durant and Russy.
if anything, poor coaching will hold them back, not talent
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Or maybe Westbrook isn't listening. If that is the case, then maybe they did trade the wrong dude...
I don't think trading Harden and not resigning him was the wrong move. The Thunder were in a can't lose situation. No matter which way they went, they would have came out good...
Gone, but not forgotten... RIP RP
Brooks is a bad coach because of his rotations and lineups. THat finals series ended earlier than it should have because of him not playing Collison enough and overplaying Fisher.
That's crazy talk. The guy who can't go right is as good a ball handler as one of the absolute best in the business? You've lost perspective on Harden RA. You aren't seeing his flaws.
Harden is a third option sixth man on a good team coming off a year where he averaged 17 PPG. What screams max contract about that to you? You are wildly overrating him.
The only time a team signs a player to a max type deal and doesn't almost immediately regret it is when that player is a Superstar wing or a perennial All Star scoring big. Harden is neither of those things and never will be. Sign a guy to a max deal who isn't worth it and it ruins your franchise for years.
Speaking of Joe Johnson, there isn't a chance in hell I'm taking JJ over Harden right now. One is on the decline, and the other is on the upswing. Also, I'd be willing to revisit this when Harden reaches his prime....but, I have ZERO doubt that he'll be 10x the better player than JJ when comparing careers.
Harden has a very long way to go before he reaches JJ's level. JJ is a six time All Star, has been the go to guy on his team, has had multiple 20+ PPG seasons and has been a hair away from multiple 20/5/5 seasons, and is a high quality defender against every perimeter position.
Harden's upside isn't as high as you think RA. He's a below average athlete for his position, which limits him. He'll become a better defender and probably become a better ball handler in time, but other than that, he's not going to get a whole lot better than he is now. And one thing is for sure, he'll never be in a better position than he is right now, playing third fiddle to two great young offensive players in OKC.
And your trade proposal has WAY more pieces than mine...so you'd trade all of that (Beal, Ves, Oak/Ariza, & a lottery pick) for a "secondary option?"
*FWIW, this secondary option label for Harden is crazy. Look at who was option #1 in OKC!!
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