Are Oklahoma City Thunder Still a Title Contender Without James Harden?

Ethan Sherwood Strauss@SherwoodStraussNBA Lead WriterOctober 28, 2012

The Kevin Martin-James Harden trade shocked the world, as the Oklahoma City Thunder moved quickly once contract negotiations broke down with the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year.

The Houston Rockets gave Oklahoma City two first-round picks and a second-rounder, but the focus for many fans will be on the immediate future.

The NBA title race—and most especially the Western Conference race—has been dramatically impacted by this monster move. The question is, "How much?" 

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