lakerswiz wrote:IMO the Thunder made away like Bandits and Harden won't amount to anywhere near the amount of hype people are giving him.
I can see this if a few things fall in line. The picks are a very valuable commodity and Lamb has potential to be very good.
They get Maynard back, have Martin in the second unit and have Lamb for back-up SF/SG minutes as needed.
They get a chance to add young talent on the cheap (rookie contracts) compared to a max deal for Harden.
The big mistake they made was in signing Ibaka to a big contract... I don't see him ever playing as a level any higher than the one he's at and that's a lot to pay for a player that really only does one thing well..... and that one thing is overrated.....
Defensively they may be a little worse but that's not their style anyway..... they win with speed and athleticism. Martin is not the penetrator that Harden is but he's just as potent scoring the ball and just about automatic from the line. The difference in those two alone isn't as big as some are making it other than age..... production will be similar. Health is the only big issue.
I do disagree on Harden.... I think he will be a 20 point a game guy for the next several years in a starting role.