Originally Posted by Pitt Gorilla
I'll have to assume that parenthetical notations don't show up on your computer, because I'm not sure I could have been clearer regarding Durant and Westbrook (the big 2). Harden is exactly what this team needs, in that he IS that creator (like Westbrook and Durant) for the second team. When he's not doing that, he IS that spot-up shooter for Durant and Westbrook. He gives you both in one player that meshes well with whomever is on the floor.
Thinking long term is fine, but I don't think it's ever a good idea to eschew the present when you are a team with a legitimate shot at a championship. I'm an OKC fan, but I'm not the kind that feels the need to agree with or rationalize every move Presti makes.
I don't rationalize every move Presti makes. In fact, I feel like im pretty unbiased in my takes. I watch this team as much as anyone and understand how it all fits together. Trading up for Cole Aldrich was a terrible move. Extending Brooks 4 years was a terrible move. Bringing in Derek Fisher was a questionable move. All I do is suck Presti's dick though.
Reggie Jackson is developing into a playmaker much like Harden did his second year. Lamb is going to develop in to a wonderful scorer. What people seem to forget is the Thunder player development has been sensational. Harden was ahead of Reggie at this point, but he was forced to play more. Martin is a great sixth man option for now.
You can't make your sixth man a max guy and sustain any depth. Harden wasn't going to be the difference in the Thunder beating the Heat. James Harden isn't coming back so i'll look at what we have now which is still a team that can compete for a title. I like Harden, you like Harden, lots of people like Harden. I have watched almost every minute of basketball this team has played the last five years, and understand we will be OK. Would keeping Harden this year had made us a little better this year? Probably. Do we still have a chance without him? Yes. I'm sorry that doesn't jive with the sky is falling Chiefs planet vibe, but it's my honest, informed opinion.